Have you ever tried to meditate? Clear your mind of all thoughts and say a chant? I’ve tried it and one of two things would happen. Either my mind would wander or I’d fall asleep. Neither of which were helpful. LOL! No disrespect to others who are able to meditate this way. It just didn’t really work for me.
Then today, as I was having my quiet time with God and was reading, I read something significant. I read that meditation originated with God!
Joshua 1:7 – 9
“Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
To meditate means “to ponder, think about, and turn something over in your mind until you get understanding.” Hmmm… so when I meditate on God’s Word, I’m not trying to have a blank mind, cleared of all thoughts. I’m not focusing on a chant. I’m taking something that God has said and I’m pondering it and thinking about it and turning it over and over in my mind until I get understanding.
Worry is also a form of meditation, except it’s pondering a negative outcome. So let’s take a situation where you have a child who is acting out and you’re naturally concerned about your child’s behavior. Instead of contemplating and focusing on what your child is doing and how wrong it is, find a scripture that you need for this situation. And focus on that scripture.
Right now, my favorite scripture is Ephesians 2:10.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]
If I meditate on Eph 2:10, I’ll pull out all the gems in that Word. God will give me revelation knowledge contained in it. I’ll say the scripture aloud and let my ears hear my confession. I’m pondering, I’m thinking, I’m meditating. I’m using the Word as a way of finding peace and ultimately a solution for dealing with my child. In this moment, I’m not praying and asking God for help. No, in this moment of meditation, I’m taking this scripture and listening to God as He speaks to me through His Word. Maybe He led me to the scripture when I was praying and now it’s all I’m focused on as I’m listening to Him.
Try it! And if this is something you already do, then high five! I believe meditating will bless everyone who does it!
Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!
– I am not a preacher, minister, evangelist, etc. I am just a woman who has a heart for God.