3. Meditating on God’s Word
I read a quote recently that said it’d be better to study, and really take hold of just a few scriptures in one year, than read hundreds of arbitrary verses without meditating on them.
That really hit me. I realize the word of the Lord never returns void, but I’ve since reconsidered how I approach my devotional time.
Sadly, I used to be, and sometimes still am, depending on my level of commitment and caffeine consumption, guilty of being a 5 minute (wo)man.
On the days I commute to work, I’d read a chapter on my YouVersion app while booting my computer, and called it a day.
Good stuff, 1 John 5. Let’s get this day started. And forget about committing scripture to memory.
We excuse ourselves from memorizing and intense study of the Word because it’s “in our hearts,” and we “get the gist.”
But scripture compels, and even warns us to take up the sword of the spirit, (Ephesians 6:17) which is the word of God, in order to lead victorious lives.
No wonder we can’t stop gossiping at the office, let alone perform spiritual warfare through the day.
Imagine the power and difference in our lives if we really knew scripture like Jesus did while being tempted by the devil for 40 days in the desert.
Being able to recall a much needed Word not only keeps us close to God, but it is also our best defense against the enemy.