What If I Can’t Afford Medication?

What If I Can’t Afford Medication?

There are many people who can’t afford to go to a psychiatrist or therapist and/or can’t afford to buy the medicine they’ve been prescribed.

Are they without hope? Are they doomed to just never get as well as the people who can afford the doctors and medications?

No. God is not surprised by their situation and He’s not stuck without an answer.

Isaiah 43:19b
I am making a way in the wilderness
  and streams in the wasteland.

Unfortunately, the nature of most mental illnesses – especially depression and anxiety – is to focus on the negative and blow it out of proportion. The illness that changes chemistry and interrupts the natural flow of information in my brain fills my mind with thoughts of hopelessness, despair, and worry.

“If I can’t afford antidepressants, I’ll be depressed for the rest of my life and I’ll never be able to hold a job.” “If I can’t afford the anti-anxiety meds, I’m liable to do something dangerous because the worry is driving me crazy.”

Just because a thought comes into my mind doesn’t make it true. And I have a choice whether or not I believe it.

But how do I make that choice and change my beliefs when my own mind is the problem?

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
  do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

God’s Word is stronger than my mind.

When I can’t see any hope, God doesn’t tell me to snap my fingers and create hope out of thin air. He tells me to come to Him and let Him give me hope.

Psalm 3:2-3
Many are saying of me,
  “God will not deliver him.”
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
  my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

Am I saying that people should just read a few scripture verses and everything will be ok? Of course not.

I’m saying that when I need help, and I don’t see any way to get that help, then I can ask God to meet my needs and get me that help.

This is not just wishing on a star. This is basing my life on the truth of who God is and who I am in Him. He is my Father and I am His child.

Galatians 3:26
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith

And because I have taken that step of faith and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I can trust that God will answer my prayers according to His Word.

Matthew 7:9-11
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

If I can’t afford to see a doctor or buy the medicine I need, then I can go to God and ask Him to help me. And I can trust that He will answer my prayer – and help me.

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry

I can ask Him to show me options I may not have known about. He may lead me to a prescription discount program or a community organization that offers low-cost options. He may show me other ways I can manage my symptoms – through altering my diet or taking natural supplements.

He may lead me to a recovery program that will help me let go of old habits that make my illness worse, and teach me how to cast the care of my illness on Him, because He cares for me (Ps. 55:22).

The bottom line is leaning on Him; because it’s very clear that I can’t do this on my own.

Matthew 6:33
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

The context for this verse is Jesus explaining to His disciples why they don’t need to worry. He tells them that God knows that they need things here on earth, and that He has every intention of providing those things.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I don’t have to know what God’s plans are to trust Him. I know His character and I know what He’s promised me in His Word.

Therefore, I know that He can meet any need that I have, including doctors and medicine.

How has God answered your prayers and provided for your needs? Let’s praise Him together.

Photo credit:  stevepb

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