You don’t have to go spend much time in the health field industry before you learn a very important lesson: what people are complaining about usually isn’t the real problem. I work with people that have conditions of pain, often chronic ones, and I frequently have to explain that while it may hurt in the area they are talking to me about, the problem is likely coming from somewhere else. I’ll have people question my knowledge of anatomy when the very thing that hurts them is the last thing on my list of priorities.
People are like that in a lot of ways, especially with the problems they face and the struggles they carry. Not too long ago, I was concerned about my finances, and that concern boiled over into a a display of frustration, which the people around me didn’t deserve to see. Yes, the conversation that we were having stirred up my feelings of concern, but the conversation wasn’t the problem. The frustration wasn’t even the problem. The problem was that I was worried, but the worry culminated into an uncomfortable situation that was entirely unnecessary.
That story, as shortened and vague as it is, is not unique. We all have experiences where we deal with a symptom of our problems rather than the cause.
Once, I asked someone which superpower he would want, and he told me, “I don’t want to feel pain.” He wasn’t talking just about physical pain; he was talking about emotional and spiritual pain. Unfortunately, this is the logic so many people have: they just want to escape the pain their problems cause. However, masking a symptom seldom cures it.
There is a sickness that pervades all of our souls, and it’s called sin. The prognosis is fatal, and it often manifests itself in many unpleasant and painful symptoms. Thankfully, we have the greatest physician of all, and what does a good physician do? He treats the cause. In order to receive His aid, though, we have to do two things: acknowledge we have a problem that needs to be fixed, and then ask Him to help.
“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).