I met Tom while he was in the medical unit at the county jail. He had attempted suicide several times, was on medication for schizophrenia and heard voices telling him to kill himself.
We met weekly, speaking through the small pass-through opening in his door. I discovered Tom was highly intelligent. He prayed to receive Christ and was eager to study the Bible. We would pray together and I urged him to memorize and meditate on Scripture, and he did.
I once said, “There is no mental condition that God cannot heal. Medication could be God’s way of controlling the voices for now, but someday that may change.” I said it, but did I believe it?
Tom was transferred to a state prison and I gave him the address to my PO Box so we could keep in touch. He soon wrote that they were keeping him so heavily medicated he had double vision and was unable to stay awake during the day. They refused to cut his dose so he decided he’d refuse his medication. “I’m going to meditate on Scripture and trust God to remove the voices.”
I wrote, “That is not a good idea. You need to speak with your doctor. Request a different medication or a lower dose.”
I was wrong. Two months later he wrote and said it was working! No medication—and no voices! He was meditating on Scripture instead. Moreover, he had started leading a Bible study for other inmates.
I began sending him materials to share with his Bible study group. I urged him to enroll with Crossroad Bible Institute, a ministry that sends free Bible study lessons to prisoners. He did. That was six years ago.
Today he still takes no medication, still hears no voices and still memorizes and meditates on Scripture. He continues to lead a Bible study and is thankful that God is using him to change lives inside prison walls. Last Easter he sent me the Easter message he’d written to share with inmates. It brought tears to my eyes. It was scholarly, yet simple. I praise God for what He is doing in and through Tom.
Do I believe memorizing and meditating on Scripture is a cure for Schizophrenia? Not at all. Perhaps Tom’s case was mild. Perhaps it was demonic and his coming to Christ caused the demons to flee. I don’t know. However, I do believe memorizing and meditating on Scripture is beneficial to all.
- For no word from God will ever fail. Luke 1:37
- But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
- He sent out his word and healed them. Psalm 107:20a
- SONG: AT THE FEET OF JESUS – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen
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