Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Many imagine a person sitting lotus position and chanting. But, for the Christian, it is something far more; far deeper than just an ancient Indian religious practice. Some would argue the benefits of sitting; calming the body through regulated breathing. Calming the mind through focus on peaceful thoughts. But that is just the beginning.
Our minds are the center or heart of our being. When the Bible talks about the heart, more often it refers to the mind and not the organ that pumps blood through your body.
Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Our minds are the central processing plant for every action we carry out.
Job 31:7 “If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;”
Lamentations 3:51 “Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.”
God challenged me today to fully and wholly meditate on Him.
I found that there rose up some enemies to my obeying that request.
My cell phone.
It rings, buzzes, dings and rings at every action taking place under the sun. News feeds. Emails. Text messages. Posts to social media. New updates to apps and so much more. It clamors for my attention. Once I look, I have to purpose to put it down or I will check other things than just that email or text.
I have had to train myself to turn my phone off during my devotional time. Even on ‘silent’, it buzzes when another annoying piece of information comes across. We tout the wonders of technology when in essence, our enemy has found a way to keep God’s children occupied with everything BUT God.
Check yourself. Go a day without your phone. Leave it at home. Your pull toward using it proves you are addicted to it.
Another enemy is my lack of priorities.
I find that if I do not put God first in my day, He doesn’t even come in last at the end. Possibly in the form of regret; but not in any return to a communicative, two-way relationship.
I find that if my attention gets on something other than reading the Word of God and prayer, I will have lost precious minutes (and sometimes hours) that I cannot get back.
Isaiah said: “…whose mind is stayed on thee”
Engaging my mind to stay with one thought takes energy. It takes work to stay with a thought. I know how easily my mind wanders so I ask God to help me to think about a truth, a verse, a passage that I want to or need to understand.
For parents with small children, this is a real challenge. Finding quiet time away from all the hustle and bustle of child rearing is difficult. But, God can and will bless if you allow Him to lead you in your schedule of your child’s day.
I had become so distracted because of outside sounds, I used hearing suppression to be alone with my thoughts. A bit extreme you think? Possibly, but I needed to train my my mind to stay with one thought to process it until I felt that God had given my what I needed or what He wanted for me.
Write what you deem significant.
Journaling is a wonderful way to chronicle your communication with God. When Satan comes and tries to convince you that God doesn’t care or doesn’t hear you, you can look back in your journal and show him that God has indeed spoken on numerous times and He does love you!
Take that thought with you throughout your day.
We have a wonderful tool in our RU Recovery journal – a tear out piece of paper called “Todays Daily Meds”. Writing what God gives you to think about on that piece of paper allows me to put it in my pocket and take it out every time my hand touches it.
I give God thanks for a thought to carry me through the day and think again on just what God spoke to me about or a deeper meaning to what I read or how to apply it to my life.
Meditation is done on purpose.
It takes a concerted effort on our part and an elimination of the enemies of it.
It takes training my mind. Today’s technology has gotten us to pay attention to every new and shiny thing that comes across our screen. It is thrust in front of our eyes and says, “Look at me!!!”
Every single one of those devices has an “Off” button and you and I are the ones who control it.
Take a look around when at a restaurant sometime. You will see more often, our devices are controlling us.
Keeping my mind stayed on Jesus has a promised blessing – perfect peace. Who wouldn’t want that?!