Meditation, Not a New Age Concept
When most people hear the word meditation, they immediately think of hippy yoga classes, filled with incense and people mumbling “ohm” while contorting their bodies in search of peacefulness. Or perhaps they think of Buddhist monks sitting for hours attempting to reach a higher spiritual plane, or deepen their religious understanding. While not entirely correct, practices like these are not entirely wrong either; and they should, in fact, be a part of today’s Christian lives.
It is summer, our busiest time of the year. Ball practice, vacations, housework, and travelling an obscene number of hours to far away destinations. We find ourselves moving from one event to the next in an effort to maximize what precious little time we have off work and out of school, and to make as many memories as possible. We are also in the wonderful information age, where EVERYTHING is literally at our fingertips via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap Chat, Flickr, Tumblr, and so many more that I can no longer keep up. All of these platforms provide a glimpse into the lives of our friends and families, showing us moments that we would otherwise miss out on. 24 hours in a day is simply not enough time to scroll, post, Like, or emoji our way through responses.
And in a moment…summer is at an end. The store shelves are filling up with Back-to-School supplies. Department stores are readying themselves for the onslaught of shoppers looking to fill their child’s wardrobe with school uniforms or todays latest trends.
Ecclesiastes 6:7-9: 7All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied. 8For what more has the wise man than the fool? What does the poor man have, who knows how to walk before the living? 9Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
Words from the man who had EVERYHITNG! Even Solomon recognized that we work and toil for everything we can, whether rich or poor, and in the end we are still left spiritually void, empty, and feeling unfulfilled.
So what can we do? How can we make the most of our lives?
Luckily, God has given us the answer.
Romans 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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.
Psalm 119:15: I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.
We are encouraged to meditate day and night, as a normal function of being a child of God and a born-again believer. This is not an abstract concept, rather a continual process that does, in fact, bring us to a higher spiritual understanding; not as interpreted by the Buddhists or other world religions, but as given through God’s Holy Word. We need to take the time to slow down and unplug from the distractions and the vanity that we are constantly surrounded by, and instead focus, for a time, on God’s Word. We need to take the time to be mindful of the moment we are currently in, and not living in the past, or looking to the future.
James 4:13-15: 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
We are given one day at a time, and have been provided with all that we need for that day. God holds the past, present, and future in His hands. We need to trust in Him and allow ourselves to meditate on His Word, and find His calling for our lives in order that we may be fulfilled in His plan.
Matthew 26:41: Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Be mindful and meditate on God’s Word. It is not in our own flesh or works that we find spiritual fulfillment, but rather, in Christ and our relationship with Him.
– Sean Gibson, MSBC Deacon