Mediation For The Christian
Posted: Friday, April 10
Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24
Verse of the day:
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. (Joshua 1:8)
Meditation means different things to different people. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation and build internal energy or life force. Meditation is often associated with Hinduism, Buddhism, the New Age and other religions and because of this Christians often shy away from this practice. Yet in our verse today God commands Joshua to meditate. What does meditation look like for the follower of Christ?
Christian meditation is fundamentally different than other forms of meditation in that its purpose is not to empty our minds, but rather to fill our minds with Biblical truth. God intends for us not to merely be familiar with scripture or that we quickly read through a section each day but that we be captivated by it and build our lives based on its truth. When we find ourselves daydreaming throughout the day we should direct our thoughts towards the scriptures, not towards what we want to eat for dinner. If we give the Bible space and time it will shape our minds, transform our desires and make a difference in how we live. In fact, God told Joshua that meditating on the scriptures and putting them into practice would lead him to ‘prosper and succeed’ in all he did. Sounds like a good return on investment to me!