Stop…Look…Listen! Do you read the Bible like an ambulance races toward an accident scene? Do you zoom past potentially life-changing verses like guard rails at 100 mph? Do you read about peace in John 14:27 and love in 1 Corinthians 13 at breakneck speed? Do you slow down enough to be fully possessed by either? You shape the words with your lips and tongues. Do you allow them to shape you?
Meditation is deliberately pondering your ways and God’s ways. It’s reflective thinking about yourself and Scripture so you can adjust your life to honor God. The goal is intimacy with God and conformity to His ways.
Through meditation you pull from the garden of your life the choking weeds of worldly ways of thinking and acting. When I first trusted in Christ, getting was more important than giving, speaking than listening, being served than serving. I thought these traits were adorable yellow flowers. God’s word identified them as dandelions to be removed!
To meditate, seek a quiet place where you can be alone. Focus on your loving Creator, Lord, and Redeemer and all He has done for you. Study and meditate on the Scriptures. They’re useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). God’s word does it all. Meditating on and obeying it makes you wiser than your enemies (Psalm 119:98), prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8).
Meditation could include praying verses into your life. For example, a prayer based on 1 Peter 5:7: “Lord, You know how much I fear telling others what You mean to me. I worry too much about what they might think. Too little about what You think. I know You care for me despite my “lockjaw.” I’m rolling my fears and anxieties onto You right now. I don’t want them back. Fill me with boldness and courage. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.”
Meditation drills spiritual wells into God’s word. It pumps up its healing waters to bless you and others. In it you find forgiveness and purification for your sins (1 John 1:9). You experience comfort in your troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4). You feel inward renewal despite aging and weakening (2 Corinthians 4:16). God’s power is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Stop…Look…Listen! . #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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