April 6: Let the Message Sink In
I like how The Living Bible paraphrases Jesus’ command in Revelation 2:7 it states: “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 read or heard the Word, and let it truly sink into your spirit through the process of meditation. Meditation was an important spiritual exercise both in the Old and New Testaments. Many believers don’t practice meditation because they misunderstand the word.
Biblical meditation differs greatly form transcendental meditation, a practice of eastern religions involving chants and incantations. Biblical meditation focusses on God’s Word. The psalmist wrote, I meditate 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 and made 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” (Timothy4:15). The Greek word for meditate in this verse is meletao, which means, to revolve in the mind. Rather than mindless chanting. Biblical meditation involves using your mind and reflecting on something to understand all its truth and implications, then acting on them by applying them to your life. Note: meditation means letting the Word sink into your spirit. Meditating on the Word enables you to think deeply into the spiritual messages and symbolism of the words and characters and for deeper and better understanding.
Let’s pray: Father, teach me how to meditate 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.
Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 4-6; Luke 9:1-17
Read and Digest What the Spirit is Saying.