The following is written partly in jest. I in no way wish to demean what therapist and psychiatrist do everyday, and I am sure they are helping people. It just seems to me that there is a pill for every ailment known to man. I couldn’t help but wonder what the Old Testament would have been like if all of those folks would have lived in our day and age. My observation has been that there are a lot of people who are medicating rather than getting through their “stuff” or as some call it “issues”. Before I go any farther I would like to say that I am not advocating that anyone stop taking medicine if you are currently seeing a doctor. What I would like to say here is mostly in jest, but I do hope it will be thought provoking at the same time.
Think about this for a minute. Moses’ life started off a little rough. As an infant he was placed in a basket and left in the Nile River. If that isn’t child abandonment I don’t know what is. He probably developed his stuttering problem from this very incident. Of course he had no way of knowing that this very act of abandonment is what saved his life. We, with a little help from child services, probably would have put his mother in jail. Moses’ life did in fact take a turn for the better, I mean he was raised in a very wealthy family and went to the finest schools. He was being groomed to be a great leader of Egypt one day.
Once he was a little older and became aware of his true heritage, Moses witnessed the mistreatment of a fellow Israelite. An Egyptian was beating an Israelite, and Moses stepped in and subsequently killed the Egyptian. He was scared so he buried him in the sand. The next day he saw two Israelites fighting and when he tried to break it up they said “Who made you judge of us, are you going to kill us like you killed that Egyptian.” Moses became frightened and ran away; therefore becoming a fugitive for forty years.
So you see if Moses would have been born and raised in our age and culture he would have been in treatment and medicated to the point of no return. He would have been told to go to meetings, do the program, you have a disease, a disorder and it is all because of your childhood trauma. This is probably another good place for a disclaimer. I am not trying to demean anyone who has been told these things or has had childhood trauma. I am simply trying to make the point that if Moses lived in the society in which we live we would have never been able to witness the miracles God can perform in a life as colorful and tragic as Moses’.
God seems to be at his best when he works through the lives of those people who seem to be at their worst. In fact the Bible tells us that “God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.” More simply put, the more messed up we are the more glory he gets for straightening us out.
“Just see the receptionist on your way out to make your next appointment, thank you.”
Written by Louie