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Is Meditation Necessary?

Do you ever spend time meditating on the word of God?  Meditation is thinking about something purposefully and seriously.  It is to engage in devotional contemplation and especially prayer.  Meditation involves thinking and reflecting over a matter in an especially calm and deliberate manner.  The psalmist writes, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (19:14)

There are certainly many problems that arise in our lives because we fail to sit quietly meditating over the Scriptures each day.  Andrew Bonar was a wonderful man of God.  He had three rules to live by:  #1 – Do not speak to any person before speaking to Jesus Christ.  #2 – Do not do anything with your hands until you have been on your knees.  #3 – Do not read anything else until you have read your Bible.

Carelessly skimming the Scriptures each day will not make you a strong Christian.  We must meditate on each verse in order to renew our minds with the truth of God.  We must ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds to the Scriptures.  The modern need to rush robs us of knowing God’s presence and peace.  There are times we must be still within to hear the Lord.

Many people complain how easily distracted they are by other thoughts when they attempt to spend time meditating on God’s Word.  This is certainly a sign of your great need to practice this discipline until you can truly maintain your focus on the verses you are meditating upon.  Until you learn to do so, you are missing a great blessing.

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