Who has the answers to your problems?
God Searches You!
Read Psalm 139
O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
This is how David starts out one of the most incredible Psalms he ever wrote. Have you ever stopped to consider what it means that “God searches” me? Why does he search me, and what does that mean??
Psalm 139 declares the wonderful truth that each one of us is specially created by God: For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Think and meditate on that! Your “inward parts” were knitted together by God! So when he “searches us” as our Creator, he can see and find EVERYTHING there is about us, right down to the cellular level, or down to our DNA code, or even the specific atoms that are all strung together to make you who you are! These thoughts are so incredible, that it caused David to say: How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
So when a health problem comes your way, what is the first thing you do? Do you run first thing to the one who knows you the most intimately and actually searches you? Or do you automatically run to medical professionals who, while likely having more knowledge than yourself regarding health matters, cannot even compare to the knowledge God has of you, because he can search you all the way down to the smallest component of your physical being? And since God has this incredible knowledge of your physical, emotional, and spiritual makeup as your Creator, do you think he is interested in communicating to you what your problems are and what the solutions are?
David did. At the end of this wonderful Psalm he wrote: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
I fear that most of us in western culture have been so inoculated with evolutionary thinking that we just automatically believe anytime we have a physical health issue that it is the result of natural causes gone bad, and that to simply “fix” the natural process will alleviate the sickness, and our entire medical care system is built on that premise. In general we see sickness as physical problems with physical solutions that man through his knowledge can conquer through medicines, or in the case of alternative medicine through herbs, special foods, or other physical things. But in the culture of the Bible “health” was seen as a spiritual condition and the answers to health problems were seen as tied into our relationship to our Creator.
So here is a simple thing you can try today, right now, if you are facing a health challenge. Go to God. Ask him to search you and tell you what the problem is, and what the solution is. Start out by praising him as David did in this Psalm for his wonderful creation of you, and the fact that you are always in his presence no matter where you are or what you do. As you ask him to search you and tell you what the problem is, and what the solution is, write it down so you don’t forget! This part is very important!
Then, trust him and obey what he says. If he tells you to go see a doctor for a particular problem, then do it! But at least you will have gone to God first, and your trust will be in God, not the doctor who is simply the tool God may choose to use to heal you.
But be prepared to do things God may tell you to do that are not physical at all. He may tell you to go forgive someone, or change the way you think about something, or even simply to just BELIEVE him when he tells you He loves you!! What he tells you could be any one of a million things (remember his thoughts are more numerous that the sand on the sea shore!) – but it will be specific to YOU, because only he can search you to the core of your being and tell you what really ails you today. Praise Him!!