Reset • Devotion #3: Pick the Right Doctor!

“You better pick the right doctor.” This sounds like good advice when you are dealing with an injury. We have all heard stories of people who got some bad advice from a doctor. On the other hand, we have all heard stories of how the right doctor has made a huge difference for some of our friends and family. However, I have often seen families react to situations by listening to bad instructions and advice. 

Proverbs 19:20-21 reads, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” We see families that are falling apart, but the parents are taking the advice of the world. Frankly, they are following the wrong doctor’s advice.

This concept of finding the right doctor hits close to home for me. In 2014, I was told that I needed to have significant heart surgery. My cardiologist made a couple of suggestions, so my wife and I visited the first surgeon. He explained how the process would work in his hospital with his team. After meeting with him, I had an uneasy feeling. It was not that he said anything wrong, but the process felt very “laid back.” This was my life we were talking about, and I walked away with a very unsettled feeling. So, we decided to get a second opinion. When we went to the second doctor’s consultation, it was overwhelmingly different. The process was much more entailed. They wanted to know everything about me so that they were prepared for every outcome. I teased my wife that they knew where all my moles were on my body. I am not sure how that would be important, but I felt like the advice was good and very thorough. Well, this book is published in February of 2021, so it will be seven years exactly, and I think I picked the right doctor who gave me excellent advice.

So when something breaks in your family, my advice is to find the right doctor. You need to seek advice that will help your family. In 2 Timothy 3:16, we read, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” How you react to the situation in your family needs to be based on the Word of God. If you are not sure about what to do, please seek godly counsel from other families or pastors in the church. Proverbs 11:14 states, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”We all know it is difficult to react correctly when your family is hurting, but that is the best time to pick the right doctor.

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