Our lives are no more busy than those who lived 2,000 years ago. If you doubt this, consider what is written in Mark 6:31…
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, (Jesus) said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. (NIV)
Busy-ness and a hurried life has been around for thousands of years! In my view, busy-ness is a tool of Satan to keep us from walking closely with God. The result of busy-ness is that we have lost the art called Christian meditation. Christian meditation is the ability to take a verse of Scripture… a Biblical truth… or a God-ward idea and muse upon it for a significant enough time so that we find food for the soul.
Work… ball practice… dance lessons… piano lessons… house work… studies… ball games… school… church (?)… go here… go there… do this… do that… hurry… wait… stop… go… all to the point that our substance is 10 miles wide and 1 inch deep. We prefer sound bites to serious discussions on any topic… especially related to Christian doctrine. And that is a shame…
Consider the following… dare I say… MEDITATE upon the following passages…
Josh 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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.
Ps 1:2 His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Ps 4:4 Ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.
Ps 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Ps 63:5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night…
Ps 77:12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Ps 119:15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Ps 119:55 I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.
Ps 119:97 Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
Ps 119:148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
Ps 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.
2 Tim 2:7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
Good advice. Thanks Ron.