“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
We can do many things with the Bible, You can read the Scriptures, study it, and memorize it. But you should also meditate on it.
2 Timothy 2:7 says “Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this” (NIV).
When we reflect on the Bible—when we meditate on it—God gives us more insight into his Word.
What does it mean to meditate? It simply means that to think seriously about something. It means we should engage our mind.
Wondering how to meditate? Example: If you know how to worry, we know how to meditate. Worry is simply a negative meditation. When we worry, we take a negative thought and go over and over it in our mind, the more we worry, the bigger our thought are.
In meditation, we do the same thing with Scripture: We go over and over a passage of the Bible in our mind. But unlike with worry, meditating on Scripture produces positive results in our life.
One of the ways we can meditate on Scripture is by doing what I call “Pronounce or pronouncing” it. Say a Bible verse aloud over and over again. Each time we say it, stress a different word.
Let's take an example of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (NKJV). The first time we say the verse, emphasize I. The next time emphasize can. And so on, until we stress the last word of the verse.
Each time we say the verse, the meaning of the verse will be approached in a different way.
Every story in the Bible has a principle, First, we read the story and ask what it meant when it first happened. Then we ask what timeless principle it’s teaching. Then we personalize it by asking what it means to us today.
The Bible promises are tremendous blessings if we spend time meditating on it. Take some time daily to develop the habit of meditating on God’s Word, and We will be prosperous and successful in every area of our Life. Amen.