April 6 I like how The Living Bible paraphrases Jesus’ command in Revelation 2:7: “Let this message sink into the ears of anyone who listens to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” Let the message sink in. Stay focused after you’ve heard or read the Word, and let it truly sink into your spirit through the process of meditation.
Meditation was an important spiritual exercise in both the Old and New Testaments. Many believers don’t practice meditation because they misunderstand the word. Biblical meditation differs greatly from transcendental meditation, a practice of eastern religions involving chants and incantations. Biblical meditation focuses on God’s Word. The psalmist wrote, “I mediate on your precepts and consider your ways” (Psalm 119:15).
When Joshua became leader of the Israelites, God said to him, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” He added, “Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8). This would happen when Joshua meditated on the Word to make it part of his life.
After the apostle Paul instructed Timothy in God’s ways, he said, “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15).
The Greek word for “meditate” in this verse is meletao, which means to “revolve in the mind.” Rather than mindless chanting, biblical mediation involves using your mind—reflecting on something to understand all its truths and implications, then applying them to your life.
Prayer: Father, teach me how to mediate on Your Word daily. I want Your precepts to sink into my heart so that my thoughts and actions reflect You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Meditation means letting the Word truly sink into your spirit.
Reading: 1 Samuel 4–6; Luke 9:1–17
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