It Works If You Work It

It Works If You Work It

God provided manna for the Israelites when they were in the wilderness. It was a free gift from heaven, but they had to work for it.

Exodus 16:21
Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.

God’s grace provided this food six days a week, but they had to harvest it and work to turn it into bread. If they gathered extra one day to keep from having to gather the other days, the manna would spoil (Ex. 16:20). The only exception was the Sabbath (Ex. 16:22). They couldn’t sleep late and gather the manna whenever they felt like it either, because it melted away when the sun grew hot. If the Israelites wanted to eat, they had to work for it, daily.

Likewise, God has provided help for those of us struggling with mental illness, but we have to do our part to access that help.

For me, that means I have to go to my doctors, take my medicines, avoid certain foods, and make sure I get enough rest. For others, that may mean seeing a therapist or doing yoga. None of these things can cure mental illness, but they can have a significant impact on the symptoms.

I also believe that reading, speaking, and meditating on God’s Word daily makes a huge difference in my struggle with depression and bipolar disorder.

Joshua 1:8
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

I’ve written before about specific scriptures that help when I’m in the middle of depression, anxiety, and mania. Today, I’m talking about the daily work of filling my mind with God’s Word, because it’s the foundation of my recovery.

If I just believe the Bible is true, but never spend time reading it, then it does me no good. It’s like the manna, lying on the ground in the wilderness, not being harvested.

Meditating on God’s Word daily plants me firmly in His foundation. It gives me healthy roots to keep me stable when the storms of mental illness threaten to tear me down.

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the one …
whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
   which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
   whatever they do prospers.

When my mind is clouded and I can’t think straight, God’s Word can cut through the fog and help me to understand what’s going on.

Psalm 119:130
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.

Like physical food nourishes and builds up my natural body, God’s Word nourishes and builds up my spirit.

I Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation

It helps me discern when I’m really hearing from the Holy Spirit or from some other voice.

Acts 17:11
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

God’s Word helps me regain the hope, peace, and stability that mental illness steals from me. But I have to do my part to receive them.

How has reading God’s Word daily changed your life?

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