A “God” Prognosis

If you’ve ever been to the doctor for an illness, or consulted with a surgeon regarding a procedure – you may have learned to lean on the doctor’s “prognosis.” That is to say, you may have found yourself thinking often about what the doctor’s prediction regarding the success of your treatment. It takes time to set up appointments, to have blood tests run, to wait in waiting rooms, or undergo surgery. It takes time to undergo long regimens of pills, physical therapy or bed rest. Even though the wait is long, I find that it is much easier to endure if the doctor has given me a good “prognosis,” that is, the doctor thinks that after the treatment my body will be healthy again.

This word stuck out to me as we have been studying the book of 1 Peter in our sermon series. The very beginning of the book says that we have been chosen according to God’s prognosin. That’s the same word! It means the knowledge that we have before something has even occurred. Many English translations use the word “foreknowledge” to describe the Greek term. But I have to admit there is something special to think that God has a prognosis for us. The book of 1 Peter was written to Christians in Asia who were suffering because of their faith. There are many times in our lives when we might feel suffering, loss, difficulty or pain. Wouldn’t it be nice if the pain or hardship just “went away?” And yet at times we feel like we must wait it out – go through the motions. Take confidence in the good news that God has given you a good prognosis. You will recover! You will be healed! You will be healthy! You have been chosen as God’s precious child according to his divine prognosis so that you might follow Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

May it be so!