And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20 (NKJV)
We’ve begun a new series in this devotional about biblical meditation—the benefits of spending quiet time with God. Today, let’s talk about what biblical meditation isn’t.
Biblical meditation is not emptying your mind. Many meditation practices can cause you to feel calm and peaceful, but biblical meditation actually helps you to deal with the lies and fear the enemy is pushing against you. By becoming more aware of God’s presence and intentionally thinking about His principles, promises and provision, this type of meditation is like none other and goes to work on the deepest beliefs of your heart, out of which flow the “course of your life” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT).
Biblical meditation can also cause you to feel refreshed by God’s presence. It’s about allowing the peace of God to rest in and on you, and through this process, God promises to give you wisdom and provision to deal with everything life throws your way.
The good news is you don’t have to meditate for hours a day to see a benefit. Start with five, ten or fifteen minutes. Instead of grabbing your phone first thing in the morning, grab your Bible, read a couple verses, ask God to show you what you need to know, and be still.
At first your mind is going to wander, and that’s okay. Just keep bringing it back to the verses in front of you. You might even fall asleep; I know I do sometimes. Don’t worry about it. This time is meant to be enjoyed, so let go of feeling like you’re not doing it right or doing it enough. Just find that peace, and enjoy your time with God.