For several weeks a radiologist had suffered from a painful stomach ache. Noting his discomfort, his associate suggested that he have a series of x-rays to rule out any problems.
He agreed to this plan and was assigned a number by the clinic. The next day he was examining a nameless but numbered x-ray. He did not realize that it was his. Suddenly he cried out, “Contact this person immediately. He has inoperable cancer.”
Unfortunately, many of us have feelings of discomfort. We are “dis-eased” and troubled, anxious and afraid. We hear sermons, read Scripture and even pray but get no satisfaction or relief. Only more anxiety. We wonder what is going on.
Peter wrote to encourage us to keep our “conscience clear.” When we experience moments or days of “dis-ease,” it may be God’s spirit reaching out to warn us. When we feel no relief or peace or quiet or joy or satisfaction, no doubt He is saying – “Take an x-ray of your heart and you will discover the problem. Look carefully for the sin that is causing your pain.” If we examine our lives carefully, God will reveal the cause of our “dis-ease.”
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for all the warning signs You give us to let us know when we need to repent. May we be sensitive to the work of Your Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 1 Peter 3:16