“Meditating on God’s word”
Key scripture: James 1:1-4
Supporting Scriptures: Joshua 8:9; Psalm 63:6; Psalms 119:48; Isaiah 9:7.
As Christians many of us read I Bibles and pray, but are we meditating on God’s word? And do we even know what this means?
When the Lord called Joshua to leave Israel after Moses’ death, He told Him, “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.” (Joshua 1:8). The Lord wanted to fill Joshua’s heart with the Word so he would know precisely what to do and how to lead the peoples according to God’s standard and commandment. And that’s exactly what He wants to do in our life as well. If we will meditate on Scripture, the Lord will unfold for us His truths and His instructions.
Meditation involves three activities:
1). Shut out the world: That means no television, no phone calls, or other outside distraction.
2). Shut ourselves up to God: Meditation is not a group activity but a private time alone with the Lord.
3). Focusing our attention on a passage of a Scripture: This is not just a casual reading of God’s word before heading out the door, but a private conversation with the Lord. We begin by asking Him to reveal what He wants to say to us. Then we listen to His instructions and guidance while reading, thinking, and praying about the passage.
Effective meditation has four requirements:
1). Priority: The devil will track to thwart our effort to focus on God’s Word because he knows we are absorbing it into our souls. If meditation is not a priority in our lives we probably won’t do it.
2). Place: We need a private place to meet alone with God.
3). Purpose: The purpose of meditation is to hear from Lord. When we concentrate on his word and seek his guidance, He sometimes uses very specific passage of Scripture to answer our requests. Once we’ve understood what He told us, our trust in him will increase an hour worries lessen.
4). Plan: We must set aside a time to meet with the Lord privately to read His Word asking for direction and listen for His voice. This opportunity to be alone with Him will soon become the most precious part of each day as we learn to know almighty God more intimately and hear Him speak to us personally through Scripture.
Meditation includes three steps:
Using (James 1:1-4) as an example, we can learn how to meditate on a passage of Scripture by following three steps.
1). Observation: Begin by asking three questions, who is the writer? To whom is the writing? What is the passage saying?
Verse 1 says the letter was written by James who was probably Jesus’ half-brother. He wrote to the 12 tribes who were dispersed abroad. Although these peoples lived a long time ago, Scripture was written for every generation, including ours. James gives clear instruction regarding what God desires to accomplish through our trials and how we should respond to them.
2). Interpretation: What does the passage mean, and what can we learn from it? By focusing on these verses our entire perspective regarding trials will be change. Instead of being consumed by the hardship, we will understand what God is trying to achieve in our lives through them.
Verse 2 “Consider it all joy, my brother, when you encounter various trials.” In the midst of difficulties or suffering, we want relief from pain and a way out of hardship, but James says the solution is a change of attitude. Instead, of becoming bitter or resentful, we are to count it joy, not because we enjoy the experience but because we know God is sovereign over it and promises to walk through it with us. Our joy is in the Lord and his purpose, not in this situation.
verse 4 an let endurance have its perfect result so that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing if we refuse to into our trial we short circuit God’s purpose for allowing them he has a perfect result in mind that we may be perfect and complete the word perfect does not mean sinless but complete strong and mature the Lord loves us so much he doesn’t want us to like any of these qualities
application based on what we’ve just learned how should we respond how does God want us to think about our trials the following are a few specific practice to help us rejoice even in trials even in trouble or suffering
continue meditating on these passes until it become real in our thinking and belief system once we truly believe this will be able to confidentially face whatever we’re going through
continue continually affirm that God loves us unconditionally knowing that we always does what is best for us knowing that he always does for what’s best for us increasing our trust in him
exit agree ask the Lord to show us what specific area of our lives he targeted for spiritual growth each round is designed to strengthen us in a particular area of weakness
agree with God that the end result is worth the pain whatever he allows us to go through is for our benefit meditation is a gratification gratifying and rewarding experience that increase our intimacy with the Lord in owl fascination with the Bible as we hear him speak to us personally through his word God has also given us his indwelling Holy Spirit who enable us to interpret scripture writes rightly and empower us to apply it to our likes
1). If you consistently meditate on scripture, how has it affected your relationship with the Lord? You trust in him? Your perspective on life? You have thought pattern?
2). if meditation on the word is new to you; what changes do you need to make in your life to make it a reality? How do you think it will affect your life and your relationship with God?
3). How has meditation own James 1:1-4 change your perspective regarding trials? What have you learned about God and his purpose? How does he specifically want you to apply this to your life?