How are we to do this? With so many inconsistencies and irregularities in life? So many thoughts and ideas are running through my head and mind as I write this. How can we humans turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? Is there a rule for doing this? Yes there is and it is simple. We have to turn each and every truth we learn about God into a matter for meditation before him, leading to prayer and praise to God. This may not be easy to do but it is possible. There’s always a familiar ground we can turn to when it comes to understanding the truth about God. We need to find it and use it.
We have some idea, perhaps, what prayer is, but what is meditation? Christians and believers suffer greatly their ignorance of the practice. Meditation according to Merriam Webster dictionary is: “the act or process of spending time in quiet thoughts or an expression of a person‘s thoughts on something“. Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about works and ways and purposes, promises about God.
It is an activity of holy thoughts, that can not be entered into with carnality. It is consciously performed in the presence of God and the holy spirit by the help of God as a means of communication with God. It’s purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let his truth make its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart. It’s a matter of talking to oneself about God and oneself. I often consider it a matter of arguing with oneself, crying in between, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God’s power and grace.
But guess what? It’s effect is ever to humble us, we contemplate God’s greatness and glory, and our own little essential and sinfulness, and to encourage and reassure us, comfort us in the old, strong, Bible sense of the word, as we contemplate the unsearchable riches of divine mercy displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ. These words were spoken over a century ago by C. H. Spurgeon but yet they still live and remains the truth.
A man who often thinks of God, will have a larger mind than a man who simply questions everything. It is my earnest desire that our knowledge of God increases and with it our peace of mind, strength and joy. That we all may know the truth “know the Lord”.
How often do we meditate on the truth?
Inspired by the holy spirit from the works of J. I. Packer, a man whose works I respect and admire.