“Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches; But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 AMPC).
“‘This is what the Lord says: The wise person should not boast in his wisdom; the strong should not boast in his strength; the wealthy should not boast in his wealth. But the one who boasts should boast in this: that he understands and knows me — that I am the Lord, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. This is the Lord’s declaration” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 CSB).
Over wisdom, strength, and wealth, the Lord wants more than anything for us to boast in simply understanding and knowing HIM. He is everything. And by saturating our minds with scripture - even minds that are cloudy with illness - we truly can come to know Him.
When our minds are broken and we feel lost and without wisdom - we can still know God’s character. He is our Shepherd who will leave the 99 sheep and go after the lost one who has strayed away (Luke 15:3-7).
When depression kills every ounce of strength in our bodies, and weakness keeps us in bed - we can still know God’s character. He puts the gospel truth in us, ordinary clay jars, precisely so His power can be on display (2 Corinthians 4:7).
When we feel as though we are scraping by every month - we can still know God’s character. He is out heavenly Father who knows exactly what we need (Matthew 6:32).
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:3). You are blessed when you realize you cannot do a single thing on your own and recognize your need for God.
When we grasp that our brokenness and need for God is a blessing, then mental illness starts to be seen not as a curse, but as fertile ground from which true relationship and dependence on Jesus can grow.