These days that sounds like a Buddhist concept doesn’t it? But did you know that in the very first Book of the Bible – Genesis- Isaac “went out to the field one evening to meditate,” Gen 24:63. In fact, the Lord Himself commanded Joshua – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth: meditate on it day and night,” Joshua 1:8.
Meditation is a skill we Christians should all be trying to hone. When you’re feeling stressed sit in a calm place; try to clear the clutter of your mind away and focus on Jesus Christ, bringing to mind pictures of His image and the Kingdom of Heaven. Each time other thoughts and images appear, cast them aside and re-focus on Jesus Christ. In this space then pick up your Bible and meditate on what you read. Meditation is a skill, and the only way to master a skill is to practice it. I had my first session of spiritual direction this week, and the first and last thing we did in a quiet candle-lit room, was to meditate on Jesus Christ. Best thing ever!
In the busyness of life we will use all sorts of things to help us to relax, but when we meditate on the Word of God it’s just the best (and cheapest) medicine for our soul. One psalmist who cried out to God to deliver him from danger said: “My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
” Why not try some meditation today! Let’s take back an art that was gifted to God’s people in the first place.