Part 2 of the biblical meditation series reveals the big win! To recap, in part 1, we learned biblical meditation:
- Fills your mind with God’s Word;
- Was designed for our good and God’s glory;
- Yields well-proven benefits.
But wait, there’s more! Biblical meditation also:
- Leverages the power of God’s Word;
- Is a discipline honoring God;
- Is mindful of the things of God.
Biblical meditation leverages the power of God’s Word.
We learned (part 1) some benefits to meditation, in general. Additionally, our brains are capable of rewiring themselves in response to new learning. As a result, behaviors change, too.
“Our brains can change as we think (neuroplasticity) and grow new brain cells (neurogenesis). Using the incredible power in our minds, we can persist and grow in response to life’s challenges. We can take our thoughts captive and change the way we think, speak and act!”
Dr. Caroline Leaf, You Are Not a Victim of Your Biology, (Oct. 3, 2018)*
God is so good to create us with such amazing capacity to be renewed. There’s even more benefit to biblical meditation because our brains build new pathways aligned with God’s truth.
This is the big win for biblical meditation! Our confidence is in God and the power of His Word. It is a firm foundation, the rock upon which we wisely build.
Blessed is the man who … his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. in all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
Biblical meditation is a discipline honoring God.
At first, it may feel odd to do “nothing.” Rest assured, God is doing something. We honor Him by stepping away from the clamor to seek Him, just as Jesus did. Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke challenge and inspire us.
Meanwhile, be patient with yourself — just as God is patient with us. Quiet contemplation is a big shift. There is grace upon grace for you in this, friend.
Biblical meditation is mindful of the things of God.
Alternative meditation practices often strive to empty the mind; biblical mediation fills it with God’s Word. Yoga, Tai Chi, New Age spirituality, Eastern mysticism and the like are not aligned with Judeo-Christian belief systems.
There is so much goodness to be found in biblical meditation. This is a good idea — from a good, good God — to keep us in perfect peace, aligned with His truth. It is more than worth your time to give it a try.
Your next steps:
- Register for the 21-day biblical meditation program, Exercise Your Mental Muscle (by Sept. 9 to pick your price)**
- Register for a biblical meditation meet-up. If you live in the North Country, register for my meet-up scheduled for October 2.
- Subscribe to my blog; follow me on Instagram to stay in the loop.
* For more on this subject, read or view talks by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a world leader in researching neuroplasticity and neurogenesis.
** If you come to this post-deadline, purchase this (or any) challenge at the standard rate and proceed at your own pace.