Like many things these days, the enemy has seemingly stolen the tools required to grow in our knowledge of
God. The principalities of this earth have stolen the rainbow, attempting to redefine the meaning and purpose of the
rainbow from being a promise from God, to being a symbol of people who typically reject God, mostly reject Christianity, and desire to corrupt people into believing they are not made in God’s image or likeness. They have stolen sex, turning it from a beautiful gift from God for 2 people in covenant with Him into a casual thing anyone can do (and typically done without a covenant with God). They have stolen dance, from being an expressive form of worship into a degrading form of sensuality. They have stolen our born again identities, now grooming our children by telling them they can be born again with the help of doctors and medicine (and omitting the necessity of Holy Spirit). They have stolen the purpose of fellowship, correction, and accountability. They have even stolen science- God is omniscient, meaning He has omniscience. Quite literally, God is ALL-Science, and yet today, they are trying to make science anti-God. Meditation is another that has been stolen. Many Christians are under the impression meditation is a bad thing to do or practice, and are unaware that God calls us to meditate on His Word daily:
1) I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. – Psalm 119:15
2) Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works. – Psalm 119:27
3) I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. – Psalm 143:5
4) …but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. – Psalm 1:2
5) Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:8
As you can see, there are quite a lot of scriptures telling us to meditate on God and His Word. There are 5 reasons to meditate on His word that I can think of, and I would like to share them with you. Meditation has enormous benefits for our growth in God, and when we do meditate things happen: some mountains move, some cloudy things become clear, and I have also found that some things that aren’t exactly normal or natural for me before I meditate seemingly become critical for my life afterwards.
1 st - Meditating on the Word of God helps us to refocus on God, fixing our eyes on His ways and words. So often, we get distracted by the chaos and circumstances that affect us negatively and we take our eyes off of Jesus (just look at Peter when he was walking on the water). Meditating on the Word of God and His character aids us by helping fix our eyes on Him again. Meditating on the Word even helps us find clarity on what we ought to be praying for. It is so easy to lose focus, and one of the benefits of meditation is that it truly helps us refocus on God.
2 nd - Meditating on the Word of God helps us to learn and understand what God is speaking to us and doing for/in us.
The more we meditate, the more we hear from Him, since we are refocused on Him, and the more we hear from Him
the more we gain understanding about what God wants from us, as well as for us. Meditation not only refocuses us on
Him, but clarifies what God is currently doing in us so that we can actually align ourselves with His will and plan. Without meditation, our focus and understanding are both quickly lost to God, and we become consumed with the storms around us.
3 rd - Meditating on the Word of God helps us to remember all God has done for us and through us. It is all too easy to
get so wrapped up in our present situation that we can’t see or recall our past (the incredible things God has done), or
even if we do remember we tend to belittle or simplify it. What used to be a powerful testimony, filled with gratitude,
suddenly feels like a small thing that was taken out of context… all because the storm we are facing is so overwhelming. Meditation on God’s Word actually cleanses our lens so we can recall the wonderful goodness of God. It is in the meditation that Jesus calms our storms, brings peace and joy to our soul, and gratitude begins to flood the dry caverns deep within us. For example, David’s Psalm 8 is a beautiful result of Meditation.
4 th - Meditating on the Word of God helps us to worship. Meditation is a part of worship. Once we have gained focus,
heard what God is speaking, and remembered all God has done for us, we find our hearts have been prepared for
Worship. This is why Psalm 100 tells us we enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and we enter His courts with
praise. When everything in our lives seems to be going wrong, if we would get still and make time to listen to God and
meditate on His word, my goodness the transformation that comes! I find that meditation is most powerful when I am
not necessarily right with God. He points out my eyes are not focused on Him, He reminds me of what He has said, what He desires for me, and He reminds me what He has done and who I am. What happens after that, I find, is absolutely transformational. I find healing there, and my automatic response to that is I cannot contain the desire for worship. In short, meditation leads to true Delight. And those who delight in the Lord receive the greatest rewards…
5 th - Meditating on the Word of God helps us to learn how to apply the Word. In Joshua 1:8, we read the reason for
meditation is “so you may be careful to do everything written in it.” Meditation doesn’t just heal our relationship with
God, but it also corrects our actions, desires of our hearts, and our character. I have found quite a few places throughout the scriptures that tell us we must not simply hear or know about the scriptures, we must do what it says. It is critical for every one of us to know what God requires of us, not so that we look good or so people like us, but so that God gets glorified. Some of His commands are very difficult to do. Some are scary. Some are overwhelming. I have found the more I meditate on the Word, the more clarity I gain on how to do what God asks of me. Some things appear to be very difficult, but once we learn how it is easy. For example, the first time I tried to ride a bike, it was very hard. I fell over and crashed. I remember trying to learn in the alley behind our house in Taft, TX and crashing on the rocks as my dad was running after me to try to help. But when I learned HOW to ride, how to keep my balance, nothing could stop me from riding. The same principles apply to driving a car, building a cabinet, fixing plumbing, working on a car, making friends, and so many other things. Once we learn how to apply what we know, the actions aren’t very difficult. Meditation, according to the Bible, is the key.
And above all, all of this MUST be done WITH Holy Spirit. It is only HE who can bring the Word to life, and who can teach us all things. So today, take some time to meditate with Holy Spirit over the Word of God. Take some paper and a pen, and be ready to fill up your sheets of paper with notes from the best teacher. You will find such refreshing as He heals your eyes, your thoughts, your heart, and your actions. Bless you…
Written by a few for the many.