God's Medicine Bag

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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Some of us recall those days when a doctor made house calls, carrying a black bag stocked with medicines. After he assessed our trouble, we'd be offered a suitable remedy. Today, house calls have been replaced with clinic visits or perhaps a brief phone call. Sometimes, we never meet the doctor; we simply receive a prescription, which hopefully helps.

Psalm 30:2 – O Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. (NIV)

Thankfully, God's methods as our "Great Physician" are far superior. He makes "house calls" — or better yet, He comes into our lives and stays, supporting us with His "righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)

What a comforting portrayal of our Lord! Of course, as a Physician, he'd have his own "doctor's black bag" filled with medicinal preparations. Let's take a look inside and imagine what's there. What do you see? I see compartments stocked with different coloured capsules ready to explode with healing power when absorbed. These colours represent various portrayals of our Lord, such as "I am the Lord, who heals you." (Exodus 15:26b NIV) Remember, the Great Physician is the medicine Himself! Yet, this infinite God is far too grand for us to absorb. We experience God best in suitable doses formulated for our need — whatever portrayal helps us best at the time.

For example, today, I experience my Lord as a gentle Shepherd tending to one hurting sheep — me. The Shepherd gives that sheep His undivided attention. He carefully examines its condition to determine exactly what's needed. Stooping low, He notices wounded knees, scraped from falling on stony ground. He gently washes the abrasions. This stings, but He soothes the pain with ointment. He sees that this sheep is weakened from its wanderings through inhospitable territory. It needs rest. So, the Shepherd picks up the sheep and makes it to lie down in soft, green pastures. Here, it is revived through restful trust in the Shepherd's protective presence.

I could go on. More and more imaginings come to mind as I meditate over the Shepherd as my Healer. It's like taking a slow-release capsule from God's medicine bag. As these soothing impressions penetrate into my being, the Lord restores my soul, even while stirring my longing for His better rest when, fully healed, "I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Psalm 23:6b NIV)

Indigenous people in my area have a medicine bag tradition. They carry little pouches containing items believed to protect them and give spiritual powers. We have our own medicine bag, so to speak, through Christ's Spirit within. Today, I'm simply offering one suggestion for its use: let's meditate on our Lord in some specific way — as our most excellent and praiseworthy "medicine".

Philippians 4:8b – If anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. (NIV)

Prayer: Great Physician, subdue our chaotic thought habits so that we can better absorb the impact of Your healing power through Your continual presence. Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing, Diane.

    Well said, Diane. Thank you.

    Thank you, Diane, for this comforting devotional.

    Thank you. Diane for such wonderful inspiration today.

    What a beautiful message. Thank you for bringing the comfort, hope that God brings to us when we seek His help.

    Hello Diane
    Thank you, I really enjoyed this.
    God bless.

    Thank you, Diane, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Very nice message, Diane. Thank you for creating this ‘picture’ of our great Physician.

    Dear Diane, I am so blessed by your devotional! I have forwarded it to some of my friends and family! May the Lord continue to give you His inspirations! Blessings.

    Thanks for this timely Daily Devotional. I will be exploring the remedies that are in His Word. May He grant you His peace.

    Hi Diane,
    Beautiful, meaningful, encouraging devotional with our Great Physician always with us!!
    Thank you for your ongoing ministry!!
    God’s best to you!!

    Dear Diane thank you for this beautiful and very reassuring devotional today. You have really centered on the great healing we receive through seeking our loving Lord. He truly is the Greatest Physician! Many blessings to you for your special writings.

    Diane, thank you for the beautiful reminder of our caring shepherd. I read something long ago that said “God works the night shift” that calmed me during some difficult times when my dad was experiencing need for special care, day and night, when I was weary.
    Prayers that you will experience comfort and healing under the gentle Shepherd’s care.

    Dear Diane,
    Your meditation is instructive and encouraging. God is too great for our finite minds to comprehend, but what blessings He gives upon which we can dwell as He meets our needs, just as you say. Your prayer speaks directly to my heart and has now become mine today also.
    Blessings in Christ.

    Thank you for your devotional. I’d never thought about God having a medicine bag before, but what a visual you have shared with us. I can especially relate to the “chaotic” thought patterns mentioned in your prayer as sometimes I have to really work at pulling them together. But God can bring together our thought patterns as a form of His healing too.
    Be blessed.

    Good morning, Diane.
    Thank you as always for these most helpful thoughts. I am praying for an eleven-year-old who has extremely chaotic thoughts and he and his whole family need the healing of the Good Shepherd. My church prays for a couple who have served with indigenous people in your area for many years. Many need the Good Shepherd’s healing from addictions.
    Thank you so much for blessing so many with your devotionals.

    Good morning, Diane,
    What wonderful words you have put together and knitted in such a beautiful poetic, angelic, prophetic way that truly touches on Christ loving healing hands.
    Every word you have chosen has been anointed by the Holy Spirit.
    Thank you so much for this beautiful gift of encouragement in Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.
    Have a wonderful and blessed day.

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