Last Wednesday I wrote about your summer devotions.
Since then, how many days have you read your Bible?
Did you read anything on Thursday? How about Friday? How about Saturday before Saturation?
Your morning devotional time doesn’t have to be a crazy 3-hour summit every day. Read. Meditate. Pray. Sometimes in that order. Sometimes not.
Reading is often emphasized when we’re talking about devotions, and prayer is often mentioned, too. But what about meditation?
Meditation is the simplest of all of them, I think. All you have to do is stop and think. I like meditation the most because I get to use my imagination. Don’t just read, but meditate.
Stop and think a while about what you’re reading.
Are you in the Old Testament? Meditate on whatever story you’re reading. Pastor’s been preaching about the tabernacle. Hasn’t that been cool? He’s painted the picture of the badger-skin walls, the silver pedestals, and the wash basin and what it took to carry those things through the desert. If you’re reading a story, meditate on it and sit there beside David in the cave, feeling what he’s feeling as he writes a Psalm.
Are you in the New Testament? Imagine yourself as a church member in Ephesus, and Paul’s writing to your church specifically! How cool is that?! Meditate—take time to stop and think—about what’s being said to you.
Sometimes preaching is just teaching you how to meditate. Preaching—like this morning—is taking simple words (just one verse again) and making it come alive.
Do you meditate on Scripture? Try it tomorrow!