This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
Meditation over the years has been a practice that many Christians avoid due to erroneous teaching in the Church. Often I’ve heard preachers condemn all mediation and the reality is meditation is a discipline that is beneficial for the Body of Christ.
Where may miss it is they lump secular or other religions together missing what God says in His Word. In this post I want to focus not on what not to do but on what the Bible says to do. Scripture is full of examples and verses that call lead us to believe that meditation is very beneficial for the believer.
Joshua 1:8 is where I want to start. The passage talks about the book of the law not departing from thy mouth instead you shall meditate on it day and night. Now I’ve heard preachers say that meditation means to chew on it similar to how a cow chews on his cud. This is true because meditation for the believer means to chew on God’s Word because then you observe to do according to all that is written.
Meditation first off is how God’s Word gets in you spirit man. What you think on is what gets in you and if you think or meditate on God’s Word then it gets in you spirit and you are more likely to act on the Word. Proverbs 23:7a states, “ For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
When I remember thee upon my bed, [and] meditate on thee in the [night] watches. Proverbs 63:6
When I became a believer years go I was part of a ministry that taught works more than grace. And because of this teaching I was performance driven, and not relationship driven. When your are performance driven there are many downfalls especially if you fail in any area becase everything is determined by yoiur actions not God’s providence.
After three years of not measuring up to the standards the church had placed on me I experienced burn out. During this time I visited a Christian Counselor where we peeled back the layers of my life and spent time renewing my mind and getting to know God.
The counselor gave me a mediation tool that changed my life. He told me to get alone and think or meditate on a scripture or Bible story. During the meditation reconcile with God through repentance and then putting up my thoughts and listening. He told me to share with him the next time we met what I heard.
I remember him asking me what did I feel God said to me and my response was what did God say to him. He shared how God affirmed him and gave him words of encouragement. The reason I asked him to go first was because I was embarrassed to say what I heard, but after hearing his response I knew I was hearing God, too.
This exercise changed me in may ways: first it allowed me to hear God and know that He loved and affirmed me. Second my view of God changed from performance to relationship. Third, I became aware of who I am in Christ. Meditation does change us from the inside and then it manifests on the outside.
Joshua 1:8 doesn’t just say meditate but the fruit of that mediation is prosperity and success. God want us to prosper in all areas of our lives and He desires for us to be successful, again in all areas.
You want great success take time to get alone with God and meditate on His Word, it will change your life!
I’ll end with one of my favorite scriptures Psalms 19:14 and let this be your prayer as it is my!
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14