“There is but little benefit derived from a hasty reading of the Scriptures. One may read the whole Bible through and yet fail to see its beauty or comprehend its deep and hidden meaning.”
Satisfying Our Hunger; Quenching Our Thirst
By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti
After Moses died, Joshua became Israel’s leader. However, before God told Joshua what the Israelites should do next, He gave him something that today we might refer to as a pep talk. In Joshua 1:6‒9, we read how God encouraged Joshua to be strong and courageous, to obey His laws, and not to be terrified or discouraged. He also instructed Joshua to meditate day and night on the Book of the Law.
Therefore, in continuing our discussion on revival and reformation, this month’s Synapse takes a look at meditation—what it is, why we should do it, how to engage in it, and what topics for meditation particularly assist in revival and reformation.
What is meditation? Simply put, it is to reflect upon what God is saying in His Word.1
Why should we do it? So that we can do what is written in the Word (Josh. 1:8).
How should we meditate on God’s Word? Following are four ways. Perhaps you can think of others.
- Begin with prayer and invite the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts.2
- Ask God for a repentant spirit as you meditate. Be willing to surrender all, and determine to obey what you read.3
- Meditate on brief passages. Then take one thought with you to think about throughout the day, so that it becomes a part of your life.4
- Take your time. “There is but little benefit derived from a hasty reading of the Scriptures. One may read the whole Bible through and yet fail to see its beauty or comprehend its deep and hidden meaning. One passage studied until its significance is clear to the mind and its relation to the plan of salvation is evident, is of more value than the perusal of many chapters with no definite purpose in view and no positive instruction gained.”5
What are some themes upon which to meditate that are crucial to revival and reformation?
- “The theme of redemption is one that the angels desire to look into; it will be the science and the song of the redeemed throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. Is it not worthy of careful thought and study now?”6
- “The infinite mercy and love of Jesus, the sacrifice made in our behalf, call for the most serious and solemn reflection. We should dwell upon the character of our dear Redeemer and Intercessor.”7
- “As we meditate upon the perfections of the Saviour, we shall desire to be wholly transformed and renewed in the image of His purity. There will be a hungering and thirsting of soul to become like Him whom we adore. The more our thoughts are upon Christ, the more we shall speak of Him to others and represent Him to the world.”8
Remember that pep talk God gave to Joshua? Imagine that He is giving it to you now. Resolve to spend time each day meditating on Scripture so that your hunger might be satisfied, your thirst quenched.
1. John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 1997), p. 178.
2. Steps to Christ, p. 91.
3. Ortberg, p. 179.
4. Ibid., pp. 182‒188.
5. Steps to Christ, p. 90.
6. Ibid., p. 88, 89.
7. Ibid., p. 89.