Meditation is the key to the practice of God’s word. It is the focus of bible study. It involves musing over the scriptures, pondering them.
When this is going on, you are most likely going to be involved with and in speaking to yourself. It is as though you are “worrying” over the scriptures. Below are scriptures which point to the fruitfulness of meditation.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all
If you observe closely, you will notice each reference ends up with prosperity and success. God’s word guarantees success, as we put His word first in our thinking we become wiser and take very solid decisions.
Jesus puts it this way as well:
Mark 4:24 And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. (Amplified bible)
Meditate upon the scriptures, prophecies and teachings you have received.
Light will shine on your path and insights will be available to you. Don’t be the forgetful hearer whose last encounter with the sermon scriptures was in the service.
The Doer of the Word does MORE after the service than during it in ensuring that he gets the best from what he has heard (James 1:19-25). Pay more attention to God’s word than television and gists around.
Understanding is the result of continually paying attention to God’s Word.
It means you know why and can figure out the details of the subject matter. Men of understanding are careful talkers.
They do not generalise neither are they hasty in drawing conclusions. Rather they are swift and meticulous listeners. In matters of scripture, learn to LISTEN well.
Convictions are often birthed over time. A wise man once said, ‘repetitive hearing is the key to conviction. Let us read the following scriptures.
James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Isaiah 50:4 [The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens me morning by morning, He wakens my ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught]. (Amplified Bible)
A disciple is a disciplined listener. He does not rush to judgment. He speaks as one trained in the word on how to talk. This is a product of continually listening to the same things. Depth in God’s word comes by consistency in learning and not by variety in exposure.
Go back to truths you know and know them very well. We often make mistakes thinking we can readily handle spiritual things like academics. Your intelligence in natural things isn’t a qualification for spiritual truths.
Hence listen well and pay attention to details, then a man of understanding will be birthed reflecting in how you conduct your life!