Change your life: Fill yourself with God’s Word.
|“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”
1 Timothy 4:15 (NKJV)
Biblical meditation is “giving yourself entirely to” the truths in God’s Word. It’s not emptying your mind like eastern meditation, but rather it is filling your mind with the Word and focusing on it. The Message Bible describes meditation as “chewing on scripture night and day” (Psalm 1:2-3). Chewing is a repetitive action. We need to continually think about the scripture we read: ponder on it, pray over it, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth in it to us.
We eat food a couple times a day and this gives our bodies the necessary fuel to function. You don’t eat food once a week or now and then. Our souls and inner life are fed by the truth of the Word. Don’t starve yourself and hinder your growth as a believer by snacking on the Word – feast on it, often.
Psalm 1:2-3 (ESV) – emphasis mine
The fruit of meditating on God’s Word is that we are planted (established) “by streams of water” (we will never be thirsty or dry because God’s Word brings continual refreshing to our souls and life to our bodies). We will also experience the fruit of God’s Word (or seed) that we have planted in our hearts. Being full of the Word will cause us to prosper in all that we do (Deuteronomy 28:8).
Like physical exercise, meditation requires discipline to push through the natural resistance to it (largely due to our laziness and unfitness). When you start doing it, everything in and around you will try and distract you from following through – but the more you do it, the easier it gets.
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