Dr Google is everyone’s local GP.
I guess you could say he gets around!
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a survey showed that 50% of Australians used Dr Google to self diagnose.
But Dr Google has it’s limitations.
Dr Steve Hambleton said the “information explosion” on the internet had spawned many great sources of medical advice but also copious amounts of bad information:
“You may actually be convinced you’ve got something you really don’t have,” he said.
Some would self diagnose a brain tumour due to a bad headache, however the vast majority of people with headaches do not have brain tumours!
It’s crazy to think that in Australia GPs aren’t allowed to practice independently until they’ve had 10 years of training, yet this 50% (and my wife is one of them!) can so confidently diagnose themselves!
It seems that there is an astronomical difference between sitting with a screen in your hand and sitting with a living, breathing doctor who is able to address your concerns in a tailored and personal approach.
The same principle applies when it comes to the diagnosis of the health of our soul.
Although it might ‘feel’ like it’s true, all too often we can wrongly interpret the symptoms and incorrectly identify the source of the problem. We rely far too heavily on our subjective analysis.
What we need is a ‘living, breathing’ doctor!
The good news is that we all have access to something so much more powerful and effective than Dr Google:
“The word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, piercing to the division soul and spirit, between joint and marrow, discerning our innermost thoughts and desires of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 (NLT/ ESV)
The word of God is so much more than ink on a page or pixels on a screen. It is alive and powerful!
Instead of relying on your own feelings or self diagnosis, allow the word of God to cut through the facade and penetrate the layers to the core of your being. As you do, you will experience the true freedom and healing God longs for you to have!
So click, press or open up your Bible and allow the Spirit of God to set you free today!