“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NIV
Danni has been sick. We took her to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital and she hid under the chair as the veterinarian discussed her symptoms. It was believed that her diarrhea, vomiting, licking, and lack of appetite was due to the fireworks followed by storms.
Not much improvement was made over the week as pills and food were force fed. Her lethargy worsened and she went back to her veterinarian. A different diagnosis was presented. More medicine was given to sprinkle on food she will not touch. Another visit to the vets is in the immediate future.
To diagnose is to identify the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms. A history of the patient and problems that are experienced is collected and an examination follows. Further testing is often required and a diagnosis is presented along with a treatment plan.
Unlike the veterinarians who have seen Danni, God has no problem diagnosing what ails humankind. As soon as the fellowship Adam and Eve experienced in the Garden of Eden was broken, God pronounced the cause of our separation from him as sin. It didn’t take long to assess the situation. Where once they walked with God, now they hid from his voice (Genesis 3).
As he killed the first animal to himself cover our nakedness, he presented the treatment plan. Galatians 4:4 says in the Contemporary English Version, “But when the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the Law”. “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Hebrews 9:22 tells us that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. Jesus Christ is the treatment plan for our sin. He died in our place so that we might live with him.
Is something not quite right in your life? Present yourself to God. He knows your history and mine. He is the perfect prescription for whatever ails us and he hears and answers your call 24 hours a day.