An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
(John 14:27)

The western world today is quick to admit the importance of achieving and maintaining mental/emotional health and well being. We have more resources dedicated to this issue than at any other time in our history. We have armies of psychologists and psychiatrists, heaps of self-help books and resources, and of course, mountains of pills to help us think and feel properly. The concern is well-founded of course. People with mental illness are indeed suffering, and we are under some obligation to help find them relief. The problem has been exacerbated in recent times by the societal ills, dangers, and uncertainties brought about by government incompetence, apathy, and outright wickedness. Whatever the case, the western world’s concern for mental health makes absolutely no sense given its prevailing atheistic view of reality. For instance, neural scientists and psychiatrists conduct their work on the assumption that there is a “right” way for our brains to function. Philosophers and psychologists, on the other hand, assume and presuppose there is a “right” way for our minds to function. Neither assumption makes any sense given an atheistic outlook on life. If man is just a material object whose actions are wholly determined by the laws of physics and chemistry, as atheists insist, then there could be no “right” way for brains to function or for minds to think. Without the Creator God determining these things according to His plan we are left with nothing more than conflicting, subjective human opinions. What’s more, given an atheistic view of reality, our felt obligation to help those suffering with mental illness makes no sense either. Only competent authorities can obligate us to do something. On the Christian worldview, God is that Authority. He determines what amounts to the “right” way for a brain to function and a “right” way for a mind to think. Moreover, He has placed within the human heart an awareness of His moral values and of our moral duties under Him (Romans 2:14-15). Among our duties is the imperative to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). God knows us better than we know ourselves; He is aware of our faults, frailties, and fears(Psalm 103:13-14). No one is without them. Even heroes of the faith like Elijah and Jeremiah felt distressed and depressed at times (1 Kings 19:4; Jeremiah 20:14-18). Prior to His arrest, the Lord Himself felt “exceeding sorrowful unto death” (Mark 14:34). It helps to know that others were able, by God’s grace, to overcome their mental/emotional challenges. It is also very encouraging to know that the Lord Jesus sympathizes with us in these things (Hebrews 4:14-16). Here are some passages that remind us that God can help us overcome these challenges: (1 Samuel 30:6; Psalm 27:13-14; 43:5; Isaiah 26:3; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Philippians 4:6-8; 1 Peter 5:7).

May God bless and encourage you today, dear saints,

pastor john