“This book of law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and they you shall have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (RSV)
Our God had no intentions for any Christians to operate under the conditions of stress. It should be noted that Jesus actually took on the curse of our sins. Jesus also took on the curse of stress that we might receive PEACE and REST.
Moving forward, I plan to share my thoughts on how each and every one of us can learn what it means to find rest in God’s Word and His Love. <!–split–>
I am often asked, Pastor Stan, you always appear to be so positive and upbeat. How do you do it and what’s your secret? Well, first and foremost let me say that I have my moments when I don’t feel the presence of God and any peace at all. But what I have learned to do is meditate on God’s word. Some Christians, when they hear the word meditate, often associate it with being a difficult and often time-consuming task. Actually, I have found that meditating on God’s word is actually refreshing and uplifting.
Rick Warren (founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Forest Lake CA) said in his book, The Purpose Driven Life the following about meditation.
Meditation is ‘thinking about God’ – His essence, His desires, His plans, His mercy, through each day. And the only way a Christian can do this is by knowing God – and the only way a Christian can know God is through His Word. Meditation allows God to share His secrets (revelations) with His children – to speak to His children in a close and personal way. To properly meditate requires a life of studying God’s thoughts recorded in the Bible.
Let me say meditation isn’t easy; however, meditation can change your life. Are there areas in your life that need to be changed or refreshed? As recorded in Joshua 1:8, meditating on God’s Word day and night will enable us to prosper and be successful in every area of our lives.
There are 3 steps that we must adhere to, to master the art of meditation. We must memorize, personalize, and visualize. Some people get uptight at the mention of the word, memorize. Some may even say I’m too old. Jesus promised us in John 14:26 “that our Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom that Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” This is very important in the process of meditation because we have to spend time reading our Bibles.
The second step to meditation for me is to personalize God’s Word. As I read God’s Word, I often say, this is God’s Word for me regarding this situation and God is no respecter of person. In other words, God’s promises are for me and others who embrace His Word. Finally, I visualize when meditating on God’s Word by accepting God’s Word as a reality in my life.
Like Joshua, I want my life to be a testimony of the power of meditation and the blessings it brings. Like Joshua even in my mistakes I desire to be prosperous and successful in advancing the Kingdom of God. Spreading love and hope. Sharing the beauty of a love that was exhibited on an old rugged cross.
Like the Apostle Paul, “Oh that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection.”