Okay, I’m following-up from our previous blog on success. I made the point that success is dependent upon installing, or as scripture states, hiding God’s Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11). We hide the Word of God in our heart through meditation.
Anyone can memorize scripture. Memorization remains as information that we can regurgitate or distort; it is not the hidden treasure of the heart that transforms our lives. (See GodMaps #15 Gnosis Doesn’t Transform http://jerichoventures.com/gnosis-doesnt-transform/#.Ue1OZxZ96-I and #16 Transformed by Epignosis http://jerichoventures.com/transformed-by-epignosis/#.Ue1OmBZ96-I)
For example, let’s take the shortest verse in the New Testament, “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) What is the significance about Jesus weeping? What would God want you to know about His Son in this verse? How does meditation make a difference in the soil of your heart? What does meditating upon this verse mean?
First some clarity, we are not in any way suggesting that you cross your legs, become empty headed, and recite aummmmmm for thirty minutes. Christian meditation is NOT anything close to that type of activity.
God told Joshua that he was to meditate upon the word day and night (Joshua 1:8). I believe God gave Joshua these instructions to stimulate thought and install truth in Joshua so that Joshua would lead the Israelites with the Word of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Colossians 3:16 (NIV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom . . .
Meditation provides the method of creating a foundation that is built upon God’s Word. Christian meditation aims to heighten the personal relationship based on the love of God that marks Christian communion. 1 Timothy 4:15 (NKJV) Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
Meditation upon God’s Word is a form of prayer. It requires a removal of distraction for a devoted period of time. It is necessary and worth taking time to discover and understand the significance regarding the Creator of the entire universe weeping. Meditation helps us to enter into the revealing power of the Holy Spirit, who gives the deep structure of God’s intelligence to those who are willing to take the time to hear from Him.
1 Corinthians 2:10-15 states that the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God, And Ephesians 1:16-18 says that we can obtain the very wisdom of God. I believe that we receive this kind of spiritual intelligence by taking the time to drink in the Word of God and let it soak into the recesses of our soul until it becomes us. Go to God in prayer, meditate on the verse, “Jesus wept,” and let God touch you with His Spirit. The fact that Jesus wept is an amazing insight into our God and Savior. You will never forget the profoundness that comes from hearing from God in prayerful meditation.