What is your Daily Spiritual Practice?
A quick read through a 5 – minute devotion?
Hurriedly read through the chapters in the “bible in a year” plan?
Answer questions in your bible study book, with the mindset of getting through more than getting a spiritual understanding out of it?
That third one can really trip me up. It does not matter, whether I am reading for personal study, preparing to lead a class, or for speaking at a conference, if I am stduying God’s word only to get through it…to find the right answers, I will fall short of getting God’s best out of it.
For me to get the best out of my observation and interpretation of Scripture, I must meditate on it. A bible dictionary explains meditate this way – to muse on, consider, think on, i.e., ponder and so give serious consideration to information,
Today, I will spend hours mowing an overgrown yard, as I do I will be meditating… pondering what I have studied this morning. Oh and probably asking Siri to take some notes for me.
I challenge you to take some time to meditate on that devotion you just read or those chapters from your “bible in a year” plan. Likely, you will need to turn off the TV, your music, and silence your electronic device. But I promise it will be worth it as you invite the Holy Spirit to guide you to a deeper understanding in what you have read.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14