Joshua 1:8 – This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The definitions of meditation include: to mutter, to muse, to speak out, ponder or think deeply. From the above definitions of meditation, it appears that every human being meditates daily and a lot. There is however, godly meditation and there is ungodly meditation. Godly meditation enables you to release divine virtues in your favour. Ungodly meditation results in hatching and releasing evil forces. I’m sure you have heard of premeditated murder. So, watch what you are meditating on because it always births something.
Mediation is so very important to our success and as a matter of fact, in the King James Version of the Bible, it is in Joshua 1:8 that the word ‘success’ was ever used in the Bible. This implies that meditation plays a major role in our success in life. The question now is: how is it possible to meditate day and night and what does it mean to practise meditation in the Bible way? Meditating day and night does not mean you should quit your job and lock yourself up and do nothing but read only the Bible 24/7. No, it implies that you should never lose touch or sight of divine realities, God’s promises and design for you at any time of your day. How is that possible or how can it be done?
From our above definitions, we will explore what the practice of meditation means. This includes: –
Mutter – to speak under your breath, to grumble words. For example, if you are in the shopping mall and you utter God’s promises under your breath as you are doing your shopping, that process is called meditation. Saying God’s Word under your breath gets your spirit charged and ready for the manifestation of God’s power. Another example of muttering is when you misplace your car keys and you begin to ask yourself, ‘Where did I leave these keys?’ When you do that, you put your mind to work. Not only are you physically searching for the keys, you are also searching for it mentally. The process of engaging your mental being through the words you speak leads to discoveries. Remember the woman with the issue of blood? The Bible says, she kept saying to herself, ‘If I touch the hem of His garment, I shall be made whole,’ and she was healed.
Muse – it means to ponder quietly. This is one of the most effective ways to touch the realm of the supernatural. You can travel into the world of the spirit by quietly pondering on God’s Word. When you take out time alone to ponder quietly, you invite God to minister to you and impart ideas, inventions and images on your mind. Paul said that we should study to be quiet. The Bible instructs us to be still and know that He is God. David understood the power and benefit of being still and he said in Psalm 23, ‘He leads me beside the still water and He restores my soul.’
One of the major ways to keep your soul refreshed and renewed is by pondering quietly on God and His promises. So, if you want to succeed, you have to meditate on God’s Word in relation to your life goals and if you want to meditate, you must learn to ponder quietly on God’s promises. This requires effort on your part. Meditation is a deliberate discipline that is essential for a healthy soul.
Speaking – this means to say words clearly. The neurosurgeons now say that the speaking nerve controls all the other nerves of the body. By speaking God’s Word out loudly, you invite a divine manifestation. In Joshua 1:8, putting the word in our mouth precedes putting it in our mind. So, meditation in its fullness includes both externalisation and internalisation of God’s promises.
Every successful meditation results in the development of godly stronghold and divine enlargement. Remember, the Bible says in Genesis about the people building the tower of Babel, that God said there was nothing that they had imagined that could have been withheld from them (Genesis 11:6). So, the only thing God was able to do to stop them was by confusing what they were saying (language).
When what you are thinking is different from what you are saying, then you have cooked up a perfect recipe for another Babel disaster. Your mind and mouth must agree together. Meditation makes you unstoppable and undeniable. So, start aiming your thoughts in the direction you want your life to go by using the Word of God, and you will achieve the success you desire. Note, the key to successful meditation is in consistency. Be consistent. The Bible instructs us to proclaim the Word; persist in it whether convenient or not. This is not for Sunday or someday only, it is for everyday. It’s not only meant to be a formula, it is meant to be embraced as a lifestyle. Friend, avoid stinking thinking because it makes you stink.
For Further Study:
Joshua 1, Ephesians 6
Questions for you to reflect on:
- What is meditation?
- How do you meditate?
- What do you meditate?
- When do you meditate?
Your Word changes me as I meditate on it. The Word of God is my reality.