One of my soap dispensers broke so I bought a knew one with a holiday scent. This meant in order not to waste soap that I had to pour the soap from the downstairs soap dispenser to the one upstairs. It was a bit difficult since it was going from a large opening into a smaller one. I know this story sounds so boring and mundane, and that’s the point. How many mundane tasks do we mindlessly accomplish during the day? How might we grow with the Lord if we used these times to meditate on God’s word throughout the day?
While I was staring at the soap slowly going glug, glug and wishing it would hurry so I could shower before some one yelled at me, a scripture came to my mind. “Create in me a clean heart, O Lord…” (Psalm 51:10 NIV) And, then I had an epiphany, I can create a list of tasks that I do all day and then put corresponding scriptures along side them. Then, I am not only cleaning house and taking care of my family but I am cleaning my mind and taking care of my spiritual condition. Whether you are a mom or not, I pray this post and free download (at end) might be helpful to making a conscious effort to meditate on God’s word.
What the Bible Says about Meditating
The Bible is very clear that we are to meditate on God’s word constantly. Joshua 1:8 (NIV) says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
From this passage, we can take note of a few things. First, we are suppose to speak God’s word often. Second, we are to meditate on it day and night. It’s tough to talk about something you know nothing about or haven’t given any thought to so if we are going to speak his word, we have to meditate on it first.
Next, we are told the reasons: So we are obedient (careful to do everything written in it), and so we are prosperous and successful. God blesses obedience. If we want God’s blessings, we must obey. And, again, to obey, we must know the word and understand it. All of this gets back to us allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us as we meditate on God’s word.
Scriptures That Tell us to Meditate on God’s Word
- Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2 NIV)
- I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees. (Psalm 119:48 NIV)
- You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3 NIV)
- 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. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
Practical Ways to Meditate on God’s Word
To meditate is a verb it means that you are thinking deeply on or carefully considering a thing. Obviously, in our case we are thinking deeply about the scriptures in the Bible. There are several ways that can help us to do just that.
- Pick a focus verse, read it several times, and start memorizing it.
- Write the verse down, keep it with you, read it often throughout the day.
- Find a song that helps you memorize the verse and put it on loop. YouTube is full of channels that help. I love this one – The Corner Room
- Play the scripture often through out to day on the Bible App or another similar recording of the Bible.
- Silence is the key. So, make sure you have noise turned off and have some time alone.
Maximizing Moments by Meditation During Mundane Tasks
As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, there are so many opportunities during the day while we do mindless tasks that we could fill our minds with God’s word. For me, its washing dishes, sweeping and mopping, folding clothes, taking a walk and even driving. We all have moments of waiting in lines, at dr. appointments, etc. For you, it may include down time at work or school or a hobby such as knitting or jogging.
The Bible says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV) We can even meditate on God’s word while having a meal. God is most definitely glorified when we take time to meditate on the important commands, promises, and warnings we find in His word.
So, to recap…the Bible tells us to meditate. The way we choose to do that may be different but the idea is the same: know and think on scripture. And, finally, we need to find down time during our day when we tend to space out or consume too many electronics and focus our minds on things above and not of this world.
Questions to Consider:
- What would my spiritual growth look like if I just gave an extra 10-20 minutes of thought to God’s word during my chores or travel?
- Where do I have down time that I could meditate?
- What scriptures will I begin thinking on?
- Can I set a goal to begin this week?
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