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Friday, August 3rd, '18

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SECOND OPINION

"...I also will show you my opinion" (Job 32:10)

 

 "Is that your final answer?" asks Regis on the TV game show. The Word of God should always be our final answer (as well as first answer) but some have not graduated yet to that level of faith. So they still hunt for human opinions. How did the audience vote? What does Uncle Clem in Milwaukee think? In the above text Elihu threw in his two cents. One cent would have been plenty because he added nothing to the conversation. Webster's Law Dictionary says an opinion is "stronger than impression but weaker than positive knowledge". So even a second opinion is still not positive knowledge.

 

I'll never forget the night on a drive through northeast Arkansas when the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear these words - "And what is a diagnosis?" I was not thinking about anything that would spark such a question. It just popped out of nowhere. Then I was reminded that my brother was facing chemo and radiation. I answered out loud in the car, "Well, gnosis is the word from which we derive to know, or knowledge. The "a" added to gnosis makes it a negative. "A" in Greek means "not" so agnosis would mean "to not know". Hence an agnostic is one who simply does not know. The prefix di makes the term divisive. It is a word of conflict, division or to double. So diagnosis would mean "to be divided regarding something that is not known".

 

I'm sure I would have flunked both Greek etymology and Med School with my answer that night but I knew the Spirit of God prompted my answer. When doctors make diagnoses it is always an educated guess. Quite often they are right, but so many times, mistaken. Twice in Acts we see such confusion, "some cried one thing, some another..." (Acts 19:32, 21:34) Living by guesses makes huge messes! A second opinion may be just the opposite of the first, but then what about the third, fourth and fifth opinions? Opinions are like noses, everybody has one.

 

But the Bible, the Word of God, never deals in ifs or maybes. The Bible deals in verities, sureties and certainties. Quickened by faith Bible characters like Job said, "I know my Redeemer lives", Peter said, "We know and are sure that thou art the Christ", Paul said, "I know in whom I have believed", and John said, "We know that we have passed from death unto life..." Many others could be cited. They faced opposition but never with supposition. They faced the fire but never with fear. God's opinion was the only opinion that counted, "Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar..." (Romans 3:4) The world's diagnosis may be that you can't do this or that, that you will go bankrupt or that you will not live through the winter. That is what Moses called an "evil report" (Numbers 14:37), a negative opinion. God's word says otherwise, "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord" (Psalm 118:17). Forget feelings, receive healings. Feelings are just the opinion of nerve ends and a vivid imagination. And even the "facts" can be disputed at times. It was an accepted fact that Sarah could not have children but Abraham "called those things that are not as though they were". He sought a second opinion, God's opinion. Let me qualify that statement, God never has opinions, He only has the truth, and the truth is whatever God says that is the way it is. So I agree with Paul, "Be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me" (Acts 27:25). And I pray daily that you too will know that you know that you know that everything is going to be all right.


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