My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
The margin of a good reference Bible renders that last phrase, "...and medicine to all their flesh." God is interested in healing us if we are sick. He is also interested in keeping us well. For our healing and for our health, He has made provision—God's Medicine.
What are those provisions? What are our rights? What actually belongs to us when it comes to physical healing and health? How can we ascertain exactly what was secured to us?
There's only one way. By a constant, careful, diligent, reverent, prayerful study of God's Word.
Suppose you go to the doctor and get a prescription which says: Take two capsules, three times a day, before meals. If you expect that prescription to work for you, you expect to take it according to directions.Did you know God gives directions for taking His prescription?
He prescribes His Word for our health. Because He says, "My words are life unto those that find them, and my words are health, or medicine, to all their flesh" (Proverbs 4:20-22).
But medicine, even in the natural, won't do you any good unless you take it. You could go to a doctor. The doctor could prescribe medicine. And you could go home and set that medicine on the chest of drawers. Or even on the table right at your bedside. And you could still grow steadily worse. You could call the doctor and say, "I don't understand it. I got this prescription filled. I paid money for it. But I'm getting worse."
The doctor might ask, "Are you taking it according to directions?"
"Well, no. But I've got it right here in the bottle at my bedside."
It won't work just because it's in the bottle. You've got to get it in you!
And God's Medicine won't work just because you have it on a table by your bed. God's Word won't work just because you have a Bible lying on the chest of drawers. It won't even work just because you read it. It won't work just because you memorize a few Scriptures. It won't work just because you say, "I believe the Bible's so." It won't work just because you say, "I believe in the verbal inspiration of the Word of God."
But it will work if you'll get it down on the inside of you! Into your heart! The way you do that is not by just reading it and
forgetting it. But by meditating upon it. By thinking upon it. By feeding upon it. Until it becomes a part of your inward man.
God's Medicine is His Word—