TargetPoint Vol 23 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: MEDITATION-The Act of Spiritual Evaluation
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law . . . you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
A number of days ago, we focused upon the phase of prayer called Waiting. Now, we return in prayer to enlarge that focus. At first glance it may appear that Waiting and Meditation overlap in their functions. However, waiting is an act of loving, while MEDITATION IS AN ACT OF THINKING.
The act of spiritual evaluation, called meditation, helps the believer DISCOVER HOW TO APPLY ALL THE TRUTHS God has revealed during prayer and in His word. The word meditate can certainly conjure up thoughts of gurus and the lotus position. However, TRUE MEDITATION is a far cry from what has become a twisted procedure in much of our culture.
As the Scripture above tells us, MEDITATING UPON GOD'S WORD, HIS TRUTHS, is a KEY to leading a SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
So what does meditation mean? Well, the Hebrew and Greek expressions mean respectively, to mutter upon, to bow down, rendering special mental attention, to be careful, or, to show care, in a matter. Because meditation is the mental evaluation of any spiritual theme, the BIBLE becomes a TREMENDOUS SOURCE FOR MEDITATION.
PONDER THE NATURE OF GOD with full intensity. CAREFULLY PROBE everything you know about your heavenly Father, constantly asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate and stretch your thinking.
ASK YOURSELF: What do I really believe about God? What does the Bible say about God that touches my life? How would I define my concept of God? What great attributes of God can I better appropriate in my daily life?
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Meditation, The Value