Are you like the lazy hunter who doesn’t eat what he catches? Think about it before you say, “No!” You might be more like him than you think. Proverbs (12:27) says, “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting…” Many Christians go out each week hunting for a teaching or worship experience, but they’re too lazy to get it into their lives by meditating on it. They don’t know how to think on it, apply it, digest it and make it into a part of their soul’s food. A lot of people in the body of Christ are like that. They catch a teaching or a Word and then they leave it where they got it. How often do they, through a lack of meditation, miss every nourishing bit that God had prepared for them in it? You might enjoy the hunt and a few lines in the teaching might bring comfort to you but it’s the meditating on what you’ve been given that gets it into your lifeblood.
Most modern Christians don’t even TRY to meditate. They wake up each morning just in time to get dressed, eat and rush out the door. They rush to work or school and stay there all day long and come home worn out and exhausted with just enough energy to get something to eat, watch a little TV, take a shower then go to bed. They repeat this mad rush day after day, month after month and year after year. They set aside no time for meditation and it crosses their mind at all, they think it would be a waste of their precious time. Meditation isn’t a waste of time, it’s a well of living water, a spring of health and vitality for your soul. It’s somewhat like when you’re weary from your working and you don’t count it a waste of time to lay down and rest a few minutes, well, meditating works the same way. Resting refreshes and recharges you for greater times of moving forward while meditating refreshes your tired and weary soul. It revitalizes and invigorates your spirit and it literally is the “rest of the spirit.”
That’s one of the many reasons why some of us are so tired. We work and work, day after day, incessantly then we feel we must have a day at the beach or at an amusement park to catch up on rest and recreation. Then, we get that day, we are so intent on having fun that it wears us out and we can’t begin to face going back to the grind. There’s nothing at all wrong with times of innocent recreation but I suggest that if more of us knew how to spend a little time each day in tranquil and serene meditation we would find ourselves less exhausted from the wear and tear of our daily routines. It’s a matter of turning aside from the hassle of our day to day problems and meditating on whatever it is we want brought to the most honorable place in our minds.
When and where. You might, like me, choose to be alone at night and pull back the curtains and stare at the stars, the “eyes of heaven”….and think on a Scripture passage you’ve just read or the sermon you heard this past Sunday. Or maybe, the first thing in the morning you might want to get up a half hour early and watch the sun come up while talking to Jesus about the Word and His dealings in your life. Some people like to take their lunch time and use it for meditation time. They go out to their cars, go for a walk, stare out their office window or look at people walking down the street. “What is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Ps. 8:4). As you meditate upon spiritual truths, the anointing of the Holy Spirit will cause you to come out of your quiet time mightily refreshed. You’ll find it to be an oasis for your mind and you’ll return to your duties in a better spirit.
The source for inspired ideas. (Ps. 119:99) says, “I have more understanding than my all teachers because Your testimonies are my meditation.” Meditation is the process that God designed to produce inspired ideas for you and that’s where the knowledge and things that you’ve heard and read get mixed, blended and converted into inspired ideas or solutions. When you’ve read a portion of the Bible or have heard a sermon, be careful to spend some time meditating on it so what you’ve received becomes a part of your spiritual nourishment. Bible Heroes were men and women of meditation. Isaac was out in the field in the evening, meditating when God brought his bride to him (Gen. 24:63). David said “…I remember Thee upon my bed and meditate on Thee in the night watches.” (Ps. 63:6). The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to “give himself to meditation.” (1 Tim. 4:15).
Finding time. Most people protest that they can’t fit one more thing in their day. Could you get up a half hour earlier to commune with your spirit, or during the day, instead of feeding on mental “junk food” and trashy magazines, could you pull up a chair to the Lord’s table for a meditate treat? I tell you; you’ll be in near starvation condition spiritually if you make no time for meditations in the presence of God. I don’t think our churches will ever be strong until we begin to walk in the counsel of God who says, “commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” (Ps. 4:4). Until the noise of the TV and radio is silenced and the interference of the day is stopped in our minds, our churches will always be populated by nervous easily offended and jumpy people.
Meditation on God is sweet. I just love sweet things. Psalm 104:34 says, “My meditation of Him shall be sweet.” It’s sweet to meditate on how wonderfully God has operated in your heart and spirit. It’s sweet to meditate on how wonderfully God has operated in your heart and spirit. It’s sweet to meditate on how He quickened you when you were dead in your trespasses and sins. It’s sweet to meditate on how when I’ve been lost and wandering that He drew me back to the fold of His sheep and under His protection and watchful eye. It’s sweet to meditate on how often He has helped me in my hour of danger and spiritual struggle. It’s sweet to meditate on how He supplieth my every need and feeds me with His manna from Heaven and send His angels to protect me lest I dash my foot against a stone! Anything I can meditate on about Jesus will be sweet.
If you come to me and tell me that you’ve tried and can’t meditate or can’t think of anything to meditate on, I’ll tell you: “Meditate on Jesus and His hand in your life…it’s sweet!” If you get your mind fixed on Him, you’ll never be afraid to be alone again. An hour isn’t enough, a day is hardly enough. This world can leave a bad taste in your mouth. The sweetness of meditating on Jesus is the best mouthwash in the universe. Isn’t His sweetness enough to wash away the bitterness of all your troubles? You can patiently walk with God through any trial that this world can throw at you when your “meditation is of Him.” That sweet meditation is enough to neutralize the bitterness of all your disappointments and misunderstandings.
If God gave you a free ticket to Heaven, wouldn’t you use it almost every day?! I think you’d go there and visit friends and loved ones that have passed away. I think I would know JUST where to look for you if you weren’t home? Here, here’s Jesus giving you the key that lets you go to be with Him, and you go for days at a time without meditating on Him, on His works in your life and on His dealings with the world. So, don’t you think that this is now the time to live closer to God?