During my afternoon walk earlier this week, I was listening to a podcast about meditating on the word of God. The preacher made this statement:
"If we can worry, then we can meditate."
This statement piqued my curiosity, and I wasn't able to finish listening to the podcast because I got stuck contemplating this thought. And I believe it's true if we can worry, then we can meditate.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes?"
Worry is when we persistently and consistently focus on the negative.
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
Are we not more valuable than the birds of the air? Of course, we are! But do we really believe that deep within our hearts? If we did, perhaps we would not worry as much.
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Well, actually, No!
If anything, we lose.
We lose time.
We lose energy.
We lose sleep.
We lose our appetites.
We lose hope.
So then how do we move from that state of worry into a place of peace? We switch it up by doing the opposite, which is meditating on the Word of God.
Mediation is meant to persistently and consistently focus on Jesus Christ and the grace that was provided to us as a free gift by his blood that was shed on the cross.
The Greek word for meditating is "meletao," which means: "to care for" "to attend to" "to practice" In the Hebrew, mediation means "to pray" "to babble" "to complain" "musing" "communication" and "talking."
So who are we "complaining to?" Who are we "talking to?" What are we "attending to?" What are we "practicing?"
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;"
By spending time with God and reading his word and by praying, we enter into his presence, which can bring a great sense of peace into our circumstances if we allow it to. This shifts our focus from the harmful worrying of our circumstances to the comforting peace that is found in Jesus Christ.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
What are these things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy? It is the very Word of God. When we meditate on the Word of God and focus on who he is and the promises given to us in his word, we gain.
What do we gain?
"My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises." Psalm 119:148
Worry most commonly impacts us at night, when we cannot sleep, or disrupts our sleep because we cannot stop thinking about our circumstances. What would happen if we chose in those times when we are worrying and shifted our thoughts to scripture and meditate on the promises of God?
What would happen if all that energy, all those late nights we spend worrying about our circumstances, what would happen if we flipped it and instead spent that time reading our favourite scriptures or declaring the promises of God?
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Jesus Christ is The Prince of Peace, and he wants us to live freely in that peace. He has promised us peace.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Yes, it is true our circumstances may be less than ideal; however, lets us rise up in faith, meditate on the goodness of God in these times and trust that we will lack nothing. Still, because of His riches and glory, we have everything we need.
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
Therefore, Beloved friend, I encourage you to take a step back. Get quiet with our Heavenly Father. Lay all your burdens, worries and cares at his feet and ask for his Prince of Peace to come and comfort you. Ask him to give you wisdom and discernment, but most importantly, to trust that he will provide for all your needs and rest in that truth.
Grace and Peace to you