“Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things,” 2 Timothy 2:7
There is a magnificent sense of release when we put a lid on trying to know all things but instead seek to learn all the things God wants to reveal to each of us. The Lord pours out His grace upon us, but He in His character is also gracious (merciful, compassionate, patient), as He is a Lord of good will. For even as we are here, Christ is preparing a place of comfort and endless provision for us (John 14:1-3).
Meditation allows us space to remember this and rest in the good will of the Father. For the Christian, meditation is not a process of emptying ourselves, or transitioning into a higher level of consciousness to expand our own self; instead it is a time to be filled, and more aware of the presence and magnitude of God in our life and over our life. By staying busy all the time, occupied, and drowning in mental chatter, we miss the connection that happens from hearing God’s word to the engraving of God’s word on to our heart. Day and night we are to meditate on the word of God with delight (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2), and allow Him to restore life into the depths of our soul.
In the beginning, God breathed Life and His Spirit into man. We have access to that Life and Spirit again through Jesus Christ, praise Him. As we surrender and accept Him into our hearts, God breathes Life and His Spirit into us, and we are able to exist with that assurance His presence is continual and flourishing.
We can become so drained, and lack in the richness of being filled with the Holy Spirit that we loose vigor and might, or become distracted away from a purposeful path. As we rest in Him, sit or walk with Him, breathing in gentleness and focused on the truth of His love, we are recharged to possess endurance where God desires, and He anchors us down to Himself and drenches our life with His peace.
Stillness is a beautiful thing. Because as one sits, they then can observe everything else. Our senses become more alive, and we are in a position to listen to what the Father wants us to know of Him, and even know of ourselves. Meditation creates a time for checking in, and assessing our thoughts, our emotions and decisions, to say, forgive me O’ Lord, search me O’ God, change me from within, so I may reflect more of You. This is opposite to what we want to do, which is ignore it all, bury our burdens and traumas deep, and pretend to be better, progressive and okay. However, Jesus wants us close. He wants us to open up with honest hearts, and have a thirst for His comfort. He is our Shepherd, and when we are sick, lost or weary, He is moved with compassion (Matthew 9:36) and wants us to connect closer to Him for healing.
“My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding,” Psalm 49:3
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