In September 2011, FoxNews.com ran an article entitled “Was Jesus the First Psychiatrist?”. It was written by Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team who expressed his opinion to answer the question “What do Jesus, Psychology and Psychiatry have in common?” But would one be able to deem Jesus as a Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are in essence physicians who diagnose and treat illnesses related to the mind. The article is an interesting one and in it, Dr. Ablow writes, “With this focus on classification, technology, statistics and medication, it would be easy to lose sight of the heart and soul of psychiatry and psychology, which has always been just this: People suffer to the extent that they are removed from the truth. People are healed to the extent that they embrace it, no matter the cost.” Rightfully so, the farther the patient is from the truth they seek, the more ill they are.
Jesus is The Psychiatrist. Just as a patient will express their concerns and mental state to a psychiatrist, we can all express our cares and burdens to Jesus, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). He will listen to each one of us and when our minds are stayed on him, instead of on our problems, He will give perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).
Points to ponder:
People suffer to the extent they are removed from the truth. Jesus is The Truth (John 14:6) and people suffer when they are removed from Him. If we keep our minds fixed on Jesus, God will grant us perfect peace. Have you cast your burdens on Jesus The Psychiatrist who cares for you? Is your mind fixed on Him or in other words, do you have perfect peace?
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Isaiah 26:3-4 (KJV)
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: