Recently, I had an MRI. As I lay inside the narrow cylinder, the machine whirred, clanked and peered deep inside my body. It didn’t care how I appeared on the outside, only on the inside. After the doctor reads the MRI, he will decide on an appropriate course of action to make me whole again. It’s up to me to follow the doctor’s orders.
Just as the doctor looks within the body in order to heal, so God looks deep within his loved ones for diagnosis and healing. The great Physician doesn’t care how we appear on the outside; his only concern is those sins entrenched in the soul. God sees deep inside, understanding all our thoughts and sins.
Once God informs us what sin lies within, he gives us specific actions to remedy our spiritual ailments. Forgiveness is a common prescription, as is repentance. Instead of bed rest, the patient may need quiet time alone with God, in His word and in prayer. Whatever spiritual ailments we possess, God provides the cure. It is up to us to take our prescriptions and follow his bidding.
Great physician, as you look deep within my soul, keep my mind and heart willing to follow your spiritual advice.