Short Devotions

Meditate on God's word
“Until I come, attend to reading, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift in you, which was given you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the body of elders. Meditate on these things; be in these things in order that your improvement may appear to all. Hold on to yourself and to the doctrine; continue in them, for doing this you shall both save yourself and those who hear you.” - (1Ti 4:13-16)

When you meditate deeply on scripture God will reveal His wisdom to you. You can tap into the same source of wisdom that created the universe (Ps 136:5). The Lord will show you deep truths that aren’t apparent at the surface. Let’s look at an instance in scripture where Paul (in the New Testament) pulled out deep truths from the Old Testament.

“For it is written in the Law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox threshing grain." Does God take care for oxen? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? It was written for us, so that he who plows should plow in hope, and so that he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?” - (1Co 9:9-11)

Paul wrote the letters to the Corinthians. Here he was Quoting Deuteronomy 25:4 when talking about the ox and the muzzle. He read this verse in the scriptures he had back then and got a very significant command from it - that the people who work in the ministry should be provided for by those reaping the benefits of their ministry. The lesson he found had nothing to do with oxen! Paul meditated on this scripture and knowing the heart of God, he reasoned that the Lord was writing something for us there. Then God showed him what the truth was. This tells us that there are many truths we can take from scripture and apply to our lives today, we just have to think deeply about every word that God says, and He will give us wisdom.

Meditation means deep thought... it takes hard work and energy. It's the opposite of watching television. Reading God's word is like eating a bowl of soup. You can't just skim the top all the time. You'll starve. If you want to be fed the best then you've got to dig deep down where all the meat is. Nobody ever found a hoard of gold by merely brushing the dust off the surface of the ground.

"It is not the bee's touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the fower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian." - Thomas Brooks

It does much more good to carefully meditate on a single verse of the bible than to read a whole chapter quickly. That one verse will go from your eyes to your brain to your heart. But when you merely skim over a chapter, the text goes from your eyes to your brain and then out of your brain again. It’s like a sponge cleaning spilled soda on the kitchen floor. If you slowly wipe the sponge across, how much will it absorb? If it’s a good sponge it should absorb nearly all of it. But if you swipe the sponge across the mess quickly, what’s going to happen? You’re going to be walking on a sticky floor. And the sponge will dry very quickly because it’s empty. And you will be too if you insist on skimming through scripture instead of thinking deeply about it and praying over it.

Many years ago Henry Ford brought in an efficiency expert to evaluate his car company. The expert had only one complaint - "It's that man down the hall... every time I go by his office he's just sitting there with his feet on his desk. He's wasting your money." "That man," replied Mr. Ford, "once had an idea that saved us millions of dollars. At the time, I believe his feet were planted right where they are now."

You see that? Years on end a man sat at a desk just thinking. If this man was merely a random worker thinking about some issues at a car company and had this much success sitting there thinking all day, will not the Lord reward His children with godly wisdom for thinking diligently upon His word?  Meditating on the scripture is like eating meat and bread. Skimming over it is like eating cotton candy - it looks as though you're taking in much but there actually will be very little nourishment.

To meditate on God's word means DEEP thought on it. Read the bible and when the Holy Spirit says “hold it right here”, take that verse and think deeply on it. Meditate on it, pray - then listen. Ask God questions about it. ASK WHAT LESSON YOU CAN LEARN FROM IT. Don’t worry about setting records. God is not going to give you a medal for reading thirty chapters in one day. He will reward you with wisdom and insight simply for the quality time that you put in.
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