When I say “medicine” you probably think about being sick or going to the doctor.
But it can also be a way to think about the power of God in our lives.
In the 4th century, a church father named Ambrose of Milan composed a prayer that pulled from this same idea: “You are medicine for me when I am sick…”
Then in the 5th century, the great thinker Augustine compared the church to a hospital that was full of wounded people recovering under the care of the Good Physician and his medicine.
When you take medicine orally, it goes into your stomach and into your digestive system. Soon enough, it has an effect on your body—and sometimes, on your mind.
That’s how you should think about what happens when you memorize one Bible verse and repeat it to yourself. It’s medicine–something from the Good Physician, internally digested, and radiating outward through your veins, mind, words and actions.
Medicine does something for you that you can’t do for yourself. This week, take one verse, memorize it, and keep repeating it. When you do that, something from the Good Physician—his medicinal power—will work in you and through you.
Psalm 27:1 is a great one: “The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?”
Another is Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Or Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
I’ve got a big seven days coming up. So I’m going to choose a different one for every day of the week!
Whatever you choose, remember that medicine does something for you that you can’t do for yourself.
Memorize one verse of the Bible and keep repeating it to yourself. It’s your daily dose of divine medicine.
It will do something powerful for you that you can’t do for yourself. Trust the Good Physician. He knows what he’s doing…
By Matthew Ruttan