Take as prescribed

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My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
 For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22

Yesterday I had a tooth extracted. That is the proper way to say I had a tooth pulled. Yikes! You know a bad  tooth can make your whole body feel bad and as I was reminded yesterday, anesthesia can make you feel bad all over as well.

This morning I woke up at 3:30 with throbbing pain. What to do? I wanted to go back to sleep but God told me to get up. So I decided to do as I was instructed.

After I made coffee,and poured the first of what would be 3 cups, ( I use half caff )  I came into my office and just sat down with Jesus. I prayed silently and then began to read His Word.

While sitting there the Scripture passage above came to my mind. I wasn’t even reading it in my Bible, the Spirit reminded me of it. I sat a minute and meditated on it. His Word is medicine. It brings life to us and healing to our weary bodies.  It occurred to me that I read and re-read the hand out I received at the oral surgeon’s office yesterday about my post op care. I wanted to make sure I was compliant with the instructions so I would be back into the swing of things as quickly as possible. Isn’t this what we are supposed to do with God’s Word? The verse says we are not to lose sight of God’s Word. This pretty much means that it should be in the forefront of our minds all the time.

We have no excuse for not following Doctor’s orders and taking medication as prescribed. Likewise we have no excuse for not following the Great Physician’s orders. EVERYTHING we need is found in His Word. It is our owner’s manual and if we will  do what it says and take our daily dose of it, this life will be exactly what He has prescribed for us.

To convince you further, I found that the Hebrew word for health is medicine. We can’t argue with this, it is there as plain as day. God knew exactly what He was doing when He gave these instructions in Proverbs Chapter 4. So may I suggest to you today to find time to take your medicine? Take as much as you need as many times as you need it. There is no caution on the label and you are not at risk of an overdose.

Living free,


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Rene' Collins

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