“Do no harm”
That is the solemn pledge every physician promises to keep; they will not harm those in their care. Unfortunately, there are times when a physician does do harm, most of the time this is unintentional; yet it happens. How comforting it is for us to remember there is One physician who will never do us harm.
Our Great Physician doesn’t “practice” medicine. He knows exactly what our souls need for healing, restoration, and growth. He will not do His children harm. In fact, He cannot, for His great love and His own nature bind Him to only do good to us. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that “He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” by faith. Psalm 147:3 tells us that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Surely, those verses teach us that He is a Physician who does no harm. The love that compelled Him to send His only Son to die on the cross for our sins moves Him to continue to do good to us. Romans 8:32 reveals the depth of His love and commitment toward us, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
Isn’t that encouraging to know?
You might be feeling that your circumstances are harming you in some way, that they are so hurtful you feel you will never recover, yet no matter what your circumstances the promises of God’s Word still hold true. He will not allow your situation to harm you. Your circumstances may hurt; they may be painfully difficult to endure, but they are intended for your good.
“The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.” (Psalm 145:17–19, NASB95)
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You.” (Psalm 33:18–22, NASB95)
“He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3, NASB95)