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Meditate – percolate (3)

10 January 2023
‘You shall meditate on it day and night.’

Bible meditation can be difficult for us to start, because we live in an instantaneous society, and a preoccupied society. We have so much stuff coming at us from TV, our phones, emails, texts, social media, 24-hour news feeds, and podcasts that it can feel like we hardly have a moment to reflect. But spiritual maturity doesn’t come instantly. We need to take time with God’s Word. That’s why the Scriptures speak so often about meditation.

God, the author of the Bible, gave Joshua the formula for true, godly success: ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth [speak the Scriptures every chance you get], but you shall meditate on it [when?] day and night, so that you may be careful to do [not just know, but do!] according to all [you can’t pick and choose] that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will achieve success’ (v.8 NASB). Notice the words ‘you will make’. That means it won’t just happen, we need to actively do something. And that’s to meditate on God’s Word every day!

When was the last time you consciously reflected on a Bible truth or principle? If you can’t remember, start making some changes straight away. Get a portion of Scripture in your mind in the morning as you start your day. Think about it when you take a break. And reflect on it as you’re winding down for bedtime. Paul told Timothy: ‘Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all’ (1 Timothy 4:15 NKJV). And that’s still a great rule to follow!


What Now?

Try setting yourself a few short ‘meditation breaks’ during the day – choose a Bible verse to focus on at the beginning of the day, then re-read and turn it over in your mind when it’s time for a meditation break.

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