2 Peter 3:1-4 “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
Many will associate mindful or mindfulness with eastern mysticism, new age religion, and cultic practices.
Throughout scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, we find that God brings to mind His works of old. Moses reminded the Israelites. The prophets pointed to the patriarchs. David wrote Psalms reminding us of God’s faithfulness, forgiveness, mercy, grace, and love.
The Word of God tells us to look back on what has been written and what has been promised. It needs to be the foundation upon which we build.
So often, we fail to remember the things done for us by our Heavenly Father. Being mindful of what began at salvation and rehearsing the blessings can put us in a mindset to face the world in God’s strength.
The practice of being mindful or meditation is one every child of God should embrace. When we read God’s Word, do we stop to think about what God is saying and what is He saying to me personally?
Mindfulness allows our hearts to wander on a truth, look at, and consider different perspectives, asking all the time whether or not this something on which God wants us to meditate.
David shares with us his meditations throughout Psalms.
Psalm 4:4 “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Psalm 77:11-12 “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”
Psalm 104:34 “My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.”
Psalm 119:15-16 “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”
Psalm 143:5 “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.”
So often, our enemy comes to snatch the seeds sown in our hearts. The parable of the sower and the seed teaches us that our hearts are the ground in which God’s Word – the seed – is sown. Satan works slyly to steal a truth, a word, a thought that may change or transform us.
We need to begin each day desiring to keep the time and opportunity to meditate throughout our day. Rushing through our Bible reading and limiting the time to meditate shrinks our ability to think deeply about God’s truth for us today.
In our program, RU Recovery, we have a journal with a portion where you can write down one truth to meditate on throughout your day. It is detachable, and placing it in a pocket or prominent place can put it before our eyes multiple times a day.
Find a way that works for you. Put it into practice, and watch how God uses it to speak to you throughout your day.