My 4th grader and I were discussing her reading class the other day. She was explaining how she had to take reading comprehension tests. I had to laugh because when I was in 4th grade the trend was speed reading. My school had little reading machines – small windows that let the student read a long story. The teachers could speed up the machine based on the comprehension grades. I really can’t say that I’m a speed reader, but I can skim a page and get a couple facts out of it…which is really bad at times.
My husband, however, did not have that trend. I often tease him and let him know that he would not have survived in our school because of his very slow reading habits. He will read a paragraph, meditate on it, then read another, and meditate on it. Let’s just say that he is really good at meditation.
Scripture challenges us to meditate on the Word of God. This is quite the mental discipline. I do wish I had my husband’s meditation skills, but I also have to remember that I have the Holy Spirit’s empowerment. I can open up the Word of God and understand. The Holy Spirit helps me experience godly meditation, that is, IF and WHEN I remember to ask.
Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
As a woman and a mom, I find this very difficult because the fiery darts of the wicked often come in forms of distraction. Thinking about laundry and schedule and music lessons and cleaning and the list can go on and on. I find I have to schedule my meditation and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal things to me through His Word. These times are so exciting, but it takes work! I find I cannot do this on my own. Only through the Lord’s help I am able to truly meditate as God would have me to. What sweet times that is as the Spirit has full control of my mind.
My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
So my question for you (and for myself) is this: what are you meditating on today? In your time in God’s Word, are you just skimming and getting a few facts? Or are you letting that truth sink deep and affect your thoughts and actions as you meditate on God’s Word?
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