Root Causes and Symptoms

Let’s look again at our Bible text this week from Mark 7:31-37 ( ):

Then He returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged Him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, He put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, He sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more He charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Let’s look at this man in need. He had two problems…he was deaf and he had a speech impediment. We probably know that his speech was a symptom of his hearing issue. This brings up the realization that there are often root causes to many of our problems in our life.

Have you ever had a car battery that went bad over and over and later you found out that is was the alternator, and not the battery, that was the problem. Maybe you have had a runny nose that you treated with medicine only to find out that you had the flu that needed to be treated with a more powerful medicine. These are practical illustrations of a problem that can also apply to our spiritual life. We may have spiritual shortcomings in our life that are indications of a deeper root issue. For instance, we may struggle with the issue of forgiveness only to realize we have never really been recipients of God’s forgiveness. Are we treating the external symptoms when we should be treating the internal root cause?

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