Is There a Doctor in the “House”?

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God removed Saul and made David their king. God spoke favorably about David. He said, ‘I have found that David, son of Jesse, is a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22 (GW)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7 (NKJV)

Gregory House, the fictional star of Fox’s hit show “House” is a cantankerous, rude, obnoxious character who just happens to be a brilliant diagnostician. Each episode of this hit series brings “House” and his team face to face with life and death situations. Time marches on as the team attempts to find what is ailing each patient. What “House” lacks in bed-side manner he more than makes up for in his vast knowledge of medicine. I guess if I were sick and I had a choice between a really sweet person with a lovely bed-side manner but lacked the knowledge to cure me and a Gregory House, I think I would opt for Gregory House, knowing he would do whatever it took to find a cure.

Inside this miserable excuse for a human being lies a true doctor. Although addicted to pain killers and dealing with his own demons, “House” remains focused on the patient before him and tirelessly works to find a cure. It is his “inside doctor” that redeems an otherwise hopeless individual. Many who did not know the doctor inside Gregory House might easily dismiss him as just a rude, nasty person. Even those who think House is totally out of control have to stop and marvel at his unsurpassed ability to cure what seems to be the incurable.

Inside Gregory House truly lives a doctor. Of course I think we would all prefer Doctor House to be a bit more sociable and agreeable but I think few would want the doctor in House to change.

Outwardly I think we all could use some improvement. I know personally if I could change a few things about my personal appearance I might, but it is not the outward man that makes a person, it is that hidden man on the inside that truly determines who we are. If we were judging Gregory House by outward appearances we could easily conclude this guy is not going to operate on me, however after watching him work and see what lies on the inside of him few would argue his abilities.

David was a man after God’s own heart. Outwardly David’s life was less than admirable. He committed adultery, and murdered his first wife’s husband, and yet God saw what was on the inside of David. David, like Gregory House, had many failings, and personality flaws but inside lived a true man of God. David, like House, held inside greatness. David was looked upon by God as a truly great man.

Before it is said that I advocate people being as miserable as they can be to other people, as long as they do a good job, that is not my point here. However, at the same time, we all have bad days, we all have crosses to bear, we all have personality defects that to the naked eye make us somewhat unattractive. Thank God He looks at the heart of a man, the inside of a man. Gratefully, He searches the heart and attitudes of a person. God looks to the inside while we mere humans look mainly at the outside.

Inside Gregory House lives a great physician and inside King David beat a heart after God. What is living inside you? When the Lord looks into your heart does he see one beating with the very heartbeat of God himself or does it beat to the drummer of this world? Had Gregory House not been a truly great doctor there would not be much good we could say about him. Had King David not been a man after God’s own heart there would not be much good we could say of him either.

Is there a doctor in the House? Is there a Christ inside you? Is the Great Physician residing in your heart?

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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