Sunday, March 15, 2015

Devotion: What Is Bible Meditation?

Do you realize that the Bible is our source of knowledge about the things of God?  Scripture tells us “the whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.  It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone” (II Timothy 3:16-17).  We know that some of the interpretations appear to “split hairs or be trivial” to most but if we do not seek full disclosure, are we doing God a disservice?  Jesus says, “they that worship him (God) must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).  While it is important to know that God created the world; Jesus was born, crucified, died, and resurrected, have you ever wondered why these events were recorded in the way that they were?  If trivial things, those minor misinterpretations of the Scripture, those “lies,” that most believe warrant no attention can prevent one from worshiping God in spirit and “in truth, could they be more important than one might have thought?  After all these years, have we truly been worshiping God according to his instructions or have we been deceived?  Have you ever wondered what God’s plan for mankind is?  Or should we not ask such questions?  If this whole process is so simple, why do you have to study to show thyself approved unto God, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15)?  The Bible is a mystery book until you find the keys that will unlock it and then it becomes a message.

“For the Lord grants wisdom.  His every word is a treasure of knowledge and understanding.  He grants good sense to the godly, his saints.  He is their shield, protecting them and guarding their pathway.  He shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decisions every time.  For wisdom and truth will enter the very center of your being, filling your life with joy.  You will be given the sense to stay away from evil men who want you to be their partners in crime, men who turn away from God’s ways to walk down dark and evil paths” (Proverbs 2:6-12 TLB).

All things are important, no matter how trivial they appear to be.  There is so much information to tell, so much information to share, and still so much more information to find.  So much so that unless you can get all the information out at one time, a lot of it gets lost in the interim.  As we said, the Bible is a mystery book with many secrets, hidden in plain sight just waiting to be found.  The Bible also holds a double meaning, one by which his children can find the true will of God for their life and one that just confuses the naysayers.  There are answers for everyone in the Bible but many take the Bible at face value, meaning they have some knowledge of the word of God but will accept only those things, which fit into their belief system.  They have not taken the time to truly seek God, to truly find out what he is trying to tell his children, or to truly find the meaning of the scriptures that they read.

God tells us “to attend to his words,” which holds little meaning for many because just carrying a Bible around with them somehow fulfills the commandment.  When we attend to his words, we learn that “they are life unto those that find them” (Proverbs 4:20-22), meaning, “God’s words are full, abundant life unto those that hunt for, look for, or seek those words.”  God wants us to know that there is more to knowing him, knowing about his plan for mankind, and knowing about the things of God then just opening the Bible, reading a verse or two, and coming out with an opinion or an answer about such things.  God wants us to immerse ourselves in his word; he wants us to hunt for, look for, and seek the answers that he has provided us through his instruction manual.  Once we follow these instructions, scripture tells us, “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different, or has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth” (Ephesians 4:14).

God wants us to mediate on his word.  God wants us to fill our minds with his word.  He wants us to fill our mouths with his word.  God wants his word to fill our very being.  Meditation with help with that and it will also help us to see things that way God sees them.  Meditation will cause use to focus on Gods thoughts until his thoughts become our thoughts.  As you consider meditating on Gods word, remember to open your mind, open your heart, and to seek the wisdom of God that you may see the truth; the truth that he has been trying to reveal to mankind for many years.  Amen.

If this message is a blessing to you, please share it so that others may be blessed by it as well.  Blessings.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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