Job 13:4 – You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless doctors—all of you!”

I would suggest that, in some measure, we have all been confronted with something similar.  We may have received this type of medicine and maybe even be guilty of dispensing it.  It is much easier to give than receive.  Job’s statement had nothing to do with the medical profession but was directed at the moral and spiritual aspects.

Job was weighed down under the heavy load of oppression and needed someone to lift him up. Rather his friends did what is common to man and viewed his plight as punishment by God.  He must have done something wrong to have incurred this type of disaster.  It must be the judgment of God. 

His losses were beyond any nightmare man could dream.  His problems were greater than any hypochondriac could concoct.  The only answer for this much suffering and misfortune must be God’s Anger and Judgment. 

His comforters became his accusers.  They reasoned that he had to be under judgment and therefore it was incumbent upon them to make him see his sin.  They hurled every insult and charge against him they could imagine.  Their words were like sour grapes and spoiled food.  His comforters became his tormentors. 

Proverbs 17:22 – “A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”

Proverbs 15:13 – “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Nehemiah 8:10 – “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

One of our responsibilities as fellow members of the Body of Christ is to help others.  We are to seek to win the lost and if we see a brother or sister in trouble, we are to help them.  We are to seek to restore not seek to destroy. 

To fulfill that purpose and live a victorious life and help others endure trials we must have the Joy of the Lord.  To have and maintain the Joy of the Lord we must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  We must gird up the loins of our minds and be renewed in our minds.  (Romans 12:2). 

It is vital that we are careful what we allow to enter through the gate of our minds and enter our thoughts.  Philippians 4:8 advises, no directs that we are to focus on truth, honesty, justice, purity, loveliness, virtue, good reports, and praise.  If we dwell on the negative, we will encounter depression, defeat, and destruction. 

If we are to be physicians of value to others, we must learn to submit to God and resist the devil.  We are to give no place to the devil and shun the very appearance of evil.  We need to realize that we affect others by our words, deed, and even our moods.

If we are to become physicians of value we must live in compliance with God’s Word in our physical, financial, emotional, and moral lives.  If we live in a state of constant complaining, we will be about as desirable as a black eye and will deter others’ faith.  We become a stumbling block. 

Conversely, a life of expressed Joy and Obedience to God will be magnetic, contagious, encouraging, and persuading.  It will enable us to change things for good spiritually and encourage others to trust God fully.

We can make an impact through our prayer life.  We can make a positive impact in our daily life of demonstrated confidence and obedience no matter what.  We can make a positive impact by allowing the Joy of the Lord that is in our hearts to be expressed.

We are all physicians in life.  Not medical doctors but either physicians of value or physicians of no value.  Like the old Brylcreem commercials of yesteryear, “A little dab’ll do ya.”  A little Joy will spread like wildfire and encourage even the most downtrodden heart.  Be one who spreads Joy, not Gloom.

God bless you and I pray you to have a fantastic day in Jesus!

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