A brand new year is a gift. How privileged you are to receive this opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate when many did not live to see another day. The last thing that you will want to do is reintroduce all the clutter from your life onto this clean slate.
It is time for a new and fresh start!
Take Time to Feast
Food. Yes, let’s talk about food. There is an extraordinary feast that awaits you!
Shortly after we married, we were blessed to meet with Pastor Ernest Somanathan, a very dear family friend who leads an amazing ministry based in Sri Lanka. As we were beginning a new phase in our lives, he shared some insight with us on how to build a strong foundation in life. In emphasizing the importance of conversing with God, Pastor Somanathan used the metaphor of chewing cud to teach us about meditating on God’s Word.
Animals, like sheep, graze all day on grass. However, the act of eating grass does not provide the sheep with the necessary nutrients that it needs. This critical aspect of the feeding process occurs only when the sheep lies down to rest and regurgitate, which is to bring back to its mouth the grass which it ate.
As the sheep chews its cud, it is able to properly digest the grass to effectively absorb the nutrients.
Pastor Somanathan recommended that we apply this same principle by taking time to meditate on what we read in the Bible. When we properly nourish ourselves during our personal devotional time, we will be able to encourage ourselves and each other in the faith and grow together in strength in our marriage.
Quinton and I can both attest to the fact that this has been a transformative practice in our personal walk with God and with each other in our marriage.
And we could not think of a more appropriate time to share it with you! The start of a New Year is a perfect time to begin applying this powerful principle of meditating on the Word of God in your life.
Now, let’s explore the Biblical way of meditation:
Why Meditate on the Word of God?
Study this Book of Instruction continually.
Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.
Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
(Joshua 1:8, NLT)
This post is not meant to be the hitchhiker’s guide to prosperity. Rather, it is to encourage you to take time to commune with the Lord and to strengthen your personal relationship with Him.
Jesus is a real person and He speaks even today. He longs for you to draw near to Him and to hear His voice. Communication is the key to a healthy relationship. Feasting on the Word of God will empower you to effectively hear from the Lord and to walk in understanding in life.
Over time, your heart may become hardened as a result of painful experiences, an unhealthy focus on hurts, disappointments, etc., and resisting His Word. By allowing the Word of God to marinate your heart, the hardened areas of your heart will become tender towards the heart of God. Tweet This
Biblical meditation is a primer that prepares you to respond in obedience to what you have learned and understood from the Word of God. Tweet This
As you take time to value and obey what the Lord says to you, and out of His great love for you, the Lord will cause you to prosper and succeed in all you do.
Day and Night, Night and Day
Meditating on the Word of God can transform your life by the renewal of your mind. Notice that the Bible does not ask you to empty your mind. We read in Joshua 1:8 the instruction to yield our attention to His Word on a continual basis — day and night. According to Romans 12:2 (NLT), renewing your mind will help you to discern the Will of God for your life so you can walk in the right path.
How to Meditate on the Word of God
Here are some practical ways that you can meditate on His Word:
Read/Listen to the Word
Romans 10:17 (NLT) states: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Prayerfully invest your time in the Word of God and it will build your faith in Him.
Bible reading plans are wonderful and you will read a significant number of chapters within a specified amount of time. Nevertheless, to acquire a deeper level of understanding, give yourself time to consider what you are reading. This underscores the importance of transitioning from grazing to chewing cud. Ask the Lord to enlighten the eyes of your heart to understand His voice. As you take time to do this, your appetite for hearing from the Lord will increase as well.
Pray the Word
Personalize the verses that you read and include it in your conversations with God. An example of praying in this manner based on Psalm 91:2 (NLT) is “Lord, You are My Refuge and My Fortress, and I trust in You.” Praying the Word will enhance your time with the Lord and bring much joy to His heart.
Record the Word
In Proverbs 7:13 (NLT), we read: “My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Commit His Word to memory. You can memorize Scripture and you can take note of what you read and how it spoke to you in a journal. Or, take advantage of technology and make audio or video recordings of your learnings.
Study the Word
We read in Isaiah 34:16a: “Search the book of the Lord, and see what He will do.” Pay close attention to the Word of God and you will discover hidden gems. The Lord may impress upon your heart a certain topic, such as love or forgiveness, and lead you to take a closer look at verses that speak to that subject area. You may want to seek context, such as looking into the definition of key words in the original source language, reading verses and chapters that precede or follow a particular verse, or researching historical information. Also, when you re-visit your records from previous devotional times, you will re-discover amazing revelations…and even receive new insight!
Apply the Word
According to Hebrews 4:12a (NLT), the Word of God is alive and active. As mentioned earlier, meditating on the Word of God will cause you to respond in obedience. Ask the Lord to remind you of His Word and to teach you how you can apply it to your life, especially to every day situations and challenges. You will be amazed at how He leads you in this regard to experience His glory in your life.
Another wonderful way to apply the Word is to share with others how the Lord is speaking to you through His Word. It could be in a conversation, an email, even a simple post on social media. You will never know how the Lord will speak to someone when they come in contact with His Word.
Personal time with the Lord is essential to your wellbeing in every area. In addition to this, you may choose to get together with family and friends to study the Word as a group. This is also an effective way of learning and growing together.
It is Time to Feast!
Walking with the Lord is a great adventure! Cherish His voice, and enjoy feasting on His Word. Your life will never be the same!!
“Jesus replied, ‘But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.'”
(Luke 11:28, NLT)
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