Reset • Devotion #5: Follow Instructions

In a previous devotional, you read about finding a physician. When you find a physician and they diagnose the problem, they will often give you instructions to follow. It is not often when these instructions are something enjoyable and allows you to perform life as if nothing happened. Many people can agree with me that we like to follow the instructions to the bare minimum and wind up ending the instructions before when we should. 

When I was 17-years old, I broke my back in a bounce house. I was told I should be dead or paralyzed. I stayed in the hospital for a few days and was released with a full torso, hard plastic, back brace, and a walker. I was told I would be wearing this brace for the next six months and had to use the walker as much as possible for stability. I could no longer do the simple things of life by myself, like bathing myself, getting in and out of bed, or even walking up the stairs. Being a stubborn man, I was only going to do this for as long as I felt it was necessary. Towards the end of my six months, I remember going to student camp back in 2012 and convincing my parents I would wear my brace the entire time. Being a high school boy, not wanting this brace to “cramp my style,” I took off the brace as soon as I got on the bus and did not wear it again until I was getting off the bus a week later. Truthfully, this did more harm to my body than good. It was that summer that I realized my back would lock up and not allow my legs to kick in the water anymore. I realized this as I was swimming across Rifle River with my friends. I began to drown and would have died that day if it was not for a friend who turned around and took me back to shore. 

We need to understand that we are not the professionals here. When it comes to our bodies, doctors are professionals. When it comes to our spiritual well-being, God is the professional. When we are trying to heal our brokenness within our family, we need to look to God as our physician and then follow the instructions He gives to us. James 1:5-7 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” We need to remember that God is all-knowing, and when He shows us how we can fix our family, we need to follow it. You may be asking where to find these instructions. Simply pray to Him and trust that He will show you the way. Also, make sure you are spending time reading His Word. Often, your answers are already given to you there.

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