The Bible talks a lot about reading and thinking of the word of God. For example when Joshua got his great assignment; he should bring the people of Israel out of bondage, God told him to think about Gods word. He should meditate on it and never forget about it.
God told Joshua that meditating on the word was his way to victory in every situation. Meditate on the word Joshua, God said, and you will be prosperous. With the word in his heart there would be no room for worry and anxiety.
Can the word of God really help me to be free from depression?
For some reason many of us have forgotten about this way of getting the word of God into our hearts. It should not be that way. God is very clear about through the whole Bible. Meditating on the word of God is powerful and helps us live in victory. That means that it also works for us when we need to be free from depression.
This is what God was telling Joshua:
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
(Jos. 1:5-9 KJV)
God is making his point
God is here really stressing the point that Joshua should be strong and of good courage. Why is it that God told him that so many times? Of course, God knew that this man Joshua would face a lot of problem trying to help the people of Israel. He was to pick up the mantel after Moses and that was not an easy task.
I am sure God could see how Joshua many times would wonder if he should be able to make it. What if he should fail? What if it did not work? There was going to be many times when Joshua would want to give up this whole project. God knew it, and he told Joshua over and over again: Be strong and of a good courage! God really wanted him to understand that he was not alone!
Those are thoughts we can recognize when struggling with negative and depressive thinking.
Worry and anxiety can be helped by meditation on the word.
But God also told Joshua how to be strong. He said: Meditate on the word of God! God said: Do not let the word leave you. Think about it day and night, never let it go! In other words: Take the word of God very seriously, make it your priority.
That is still the medicine that will make us strong and courageous! When we live in the word- the word will set us free. Not only will it lead us to be free from depression and anxiety, but it will help everything else that comes against us.
There is nothing that can overrule the word of God. Nothing that is stronger than the word. When we take it to our hearts and live out of it, there are going to be result. Not immediate, but as time goes by change in our lives will be made!