What’s in your medicine cabinet?
If you were to look into my medicine cabinet, you would find a very large regiment of vitamins, minerals, and supplements I take daily. That is what I do to keep and stay healthy. However, continue studying my medicine cabinet. You will find several immunity products, cough medicine, cough drops, ibuprofen, band-Aids, and some muscle relaxers for the occasional throwing out of my back.
Although I have plenty of things to keep me healthy, there are still times that I catch a cold or hurt myself and need some of the items in my medicine cabinet that I don’t need on a daily basis. Recently I heard a short five-minute inspirational message, the lady speaking ask what is in your medicine cabinet? She explained that when life is great, and everything is working as it should, your daily regimen is enough. The things you do daily to keep yourself spiritually, physically, and mentally well. But we all have times when life takes a swing at us, and we’re seeing stars. What is in your medicine cabinet for times like that?
Now, I know that some are so spiritual that they never have a hard time and their daily regiment safeguards them from ever having a down moment. I don’t know who those people are, I think I’ve met a few, but I’m pretty sure they were lying. I’ve even had someone tell me that he doesn’t get sick because he doesn’t sin. I haven’t seen him much lately, he’s been sick, go figure. So I feel it would be safe to say that we all need a medicine cabinet that contains things that get us over the hump, spiritually, physically, and mentally.
To be crystal clear, I’m not saying that we should run to a medicine cabinet and use, say, a painkiller every day. We have enough of that destroying our world today. I like what Steve Shadrach said in his book The God Ask. “You can have one or two emergencies, but after that, it’s just bad planning.” Our daily regimen is meant to keep us healthy. When that is off, you have more emergencies than health, and that is just bad planning.
Moses tells them what it will take to stay healthy.
In one of his last addresses to Israel, Moses tells them what it will take to stay healthy.
Deuteronomy 32:45 When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law. 47 For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.”
And before that, Moses had said these verses.
Deuteronomy 29:9 So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
Deuteronomy 30:10 if you obey the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it. 15 “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.
Moses is saying this is an excellent daily regimen to stay healthy, and to accomplish in your life with the Father has set out for you to do.
In Case of Emergency
Moses also addresses what to do in case of emergency, or in our case, the other things in the medicine cabinet.
Deuteronomy 30:1 “So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, 3 then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. 4 If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. 5 The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
Let’s dissect this a little bit. In verse 1, Moses is saying, not if, but when, these things happen. Our daily regiment is meant to keep us going, but things happen. Then in verse 2, Moses describes the other things in the medicine cabinet. Return to the Lord your God, obey him with your heart and soul and do that according to what was commanded to do, i.e., the daily regimen of vitamins.
Moses is saying in verse 2 when you have discovered that something has crept in, a cold, the flu, a virus, then do “this.” Verse 3 is when the medicine kicks in, “then.” Verses 3 through 5 is the reset button of using the other things in the medicine cabinet. 3 through 5 says when you have been hit with a virus, flu, a cold, or whatever it is and you get pulled off and then return, expect the Lord to reach to the furthest part of your failure and drawback victory. That’s good medicine!!!
So what is in your medicine cabinet? How do you return to the Lord your God, obey him with your heart and soul, and do that according to what was commanded to do? I’m sorry if you thought I would tell you what you need to place in your medicine cabinet to get you through these times. The truth is you have to stock your medicine cabinet with the things that will help “you” do what’s needed to become healthy again.
A Dark Hole
When I heard the short motivational speech that brought this thought to me, I was struggling not to slip into a dark hole. I’ve been there before, and it’s never been pretty. When I heard the wisdom of, “What is in your medicine cabinet?” I begin to rummage through, spiritually, my medicine cabinet. Almost like looking into a physical medicine cabinet immediately, the Father pointed out a few things. I will share what he showed me in my medicine cabinet, but you need to get your own supplies. What works for me may not exactly work for you. Remember, the framework that the emergency supplies should fit into is Deuteronomy 30:2.
I reached into the medicine cabinet and pulled out a bottle of Godly Counsel. Mmmmm, good stuff. I called a friend of mine in Kansas City, who always has the Father’s heart and sound wisdom.
Proverbs 27:9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.
Right next to the bottle of Godly Counsel was a blister pack of worship, so I popped a couple of those, and I was starting to feel a bit better. In psalms 51, David is having one of these moments. This is a song. David is known for his worship. Verses 10, 11, and 12 are the active ingredients in this blister pack of worship. I would suggest reading all of 51.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
I don’t know about you, but my mentality is I’ll take it all when I’m feeling off. Something has got to help. Well, it’s the same with this, might as well take it all. I reached to the back of the cupboard and pulled out a bottle of Outflow. I check the date to make sure it wouldn’t make me sick or kill me. Although truth be known, that usually doesn’t stop me with real medicine, drives my wife nuts. So back to Outflow, what is it?
Yeshua gives Peter a dose of it in John 21:15 through 17. Peter had betrayed Yeshua. The daily regiment was not enough to get him back on track. I love how Yeshua handles this. Peter is feeling guilty and probably pretty awful about himself. The best medicine that Yeshua can prescribe is to get out there and get busy. Outflow, it’s perhaps one of the most potent and quick acting medicines you can have in your medicine cabinet.
John 21:15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He *said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus *said to him, “Tend My sheep.
Outflow is the most powerful thing in my medicine cabinet. Getting back to what I was created to do pushes the junk aside and helps me refocus. The items in my daily regiment take over, and I’m feeling right again soon.
And then, since I had to move it to reach the Outflow, in my hand was the baby aspirin. Of course, I took some of that. I don’t know why it doesn’t do anything, but it tastes great. My baby aspirin is just going for a drive, going for a run, or doing some hard work. In fact, when I have a physical cold coming on a good portion of the time, I will go for a run. I find that it resets my physical body, and it works great for my spiritual well-being.
Honestly, I wonder if that is not what the disciples were doing at the beginning of John 21. They had gone back to fishing, working hard. I wonder if this did not clear their minds enough to finally realize that Yeshua was right there on the shore, the whole time, waiting to eat breakfast with them.
Check your Medicine Cabinet
I hope that this all challenges you to check your medicine cabinet. Our daily regiment is meant to keep us healthy. However, we need to be prepared for the unseen. I pray that you struggle from time to time, for strength is in the struggle, and the medicine is in the cabinet.
Shalom Aleichem, Peace my friend
Brendt Wills, but my friend calls me Eli’hu