Topic: The Written Word Is For Meditation [Wednesday, May 17th]
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all (1 Timothy 4:15).
In our previous study, we alluded to the fact that God commanded His prophets to write the Word for the purpose of witness and evidence. But there was something more—a better purpose for which He wanted the Word written: It was for meditation. Having the Word in written form created images in their minds, far better than what anyone could tell them. They could read it repeatedly, and communicate the same truths, without having to alter any word or sentence.
When you deliver information by oral tradition, there’re bound to be changes as it moves from one generation to another; but not when it’s written. When it’s written, the substance or core of the message is retained. That’s how come today you can read, recite, and meditate on the Word in its originality. Moreover, what you meditate upon feeds your spirit, and literally transforms you. That’s why God wrote the Law for Moses on tablets of stone. Even when the tablets got broken, God commanded Him to get another set, and he did, and gave it to the children of Israel, commanding them to meditate on it. He knew that if they meditated on it long enough, it would produce results and cause them to live and act accordingly.
There’re Christians who have a hard time following God’s Word and His ways of doing things. It’s because they don’t spend time to meditate on the Scriptures. If you’d meditate on God’s Word, you wouldn’t need to make an effort to act in line with it. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do….” Notice it doesn’t say, “…and thou mayest observe”; it’s not another commandment. It says, “so you may observe to do.” Meditation on God’s Word will compel your actions to be in sync with His message. Success and prosperity result from meditating on the Word.
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for your Word that dwells richly in my heart; its power is activated for transformation in my life today, as I study and meditate thereon. I’m victorious and flourishing, having significant attainments, and persistent productivity in all that I do, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. ||
|| Habakkuk 2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. ||
|| 1 John 1:1-4 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 8:12-30,
1 Kings 20-21
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 10:46-52,