Discipleship | Lesson 8 | Devotion 4
Psalm 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 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.
Research tells us that we have an average of 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day. Yes, you read that right – you think about a lot of stuff throughout the day! Let’s just say, for the sake of easy math, you are below average and you only have 48,000 thoughts per day. This would break down into exactly 2,000 thoughts per hour of the day. Assuming you sleep for eight hours, some of those (and probably the craziest), you can’t control because they are in your dreams which would leave you with 32,000 controlled thoughts during a normal day. So are you ready for a tough spiritual question?
Out of those 32,000 thoughts, how many of them contain God? Out of those 32,000 controlled thoughts how many are pleasing to God? How many are unpleasing to God?
If your answers were a little convicting, you’re not alone. Every Christian has moments where God is a distant memory. We would do ourselves a great deal of God if we became more thoughtful of the things of God and the Word of God. Chances are we would become more loving and kind and more aware of the lost souls around us! In the passage, we see that God promises blessings to those who don’t just read His Word, but those who meditate on it. In fact, there is never a promise given in Scripture that promises to bless those who just read the Word of God. Someone once said it like this, “God never promises to bless Bible readers, but He does promise to bless Bible meditators.”
Now this isn’t some spooky new age form of meditation that requires you to close your eyes and hum a chant. You can think about God’s Word anywhere. You can meditate on what you read every morning on the way to work in rush hour traffic. Who knows, this may even give you some patience! You can pull out a note card of a Bible verse in your lunch box. You meditate on what God has been teaching you in your office, in your bed, at your desk or anywhere else life may take you. The goal is to allow God and His Word to consume as many of those 32,000 thoughts we have each day. Can you imagine what our world would look like if Christians were thinking about God’s Word instead of themselves? The only way this occurs is when we agree to a dedication of meditation. Dedicate time to focus on God and His Word. We can promise you that you will not regret it!