Beholding Jesus as we ponder the Word through the season of Advent allows God to prepare our hearts for a blessed CHRISTmas celebration!
As we discussed on yesterday, meditation on the Word of God is a blessed preparation for a true celebration of Jesus the Christ on CHRISTmas Day!
The enemy has convinced some that meditation is hard and they cannot do it. But the truth is that since we know how to worry, we know how to meditate on God’s Word. When we are worried about something, we toss it over and over again in our minds. We have conversation with ourselves and we draw all kinds of conclusions.
Meditation follows that same pattern but instead of talking to ourselves, we talk to God about His Word with sincerity of heart believing that He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). It is a time of ‘chewing on the Word’, just roll it over and over in your mind, prayerfully giving thought to what it says, and talking to the Lord as you go. Another word that you may or may not be familiar with is ‘Selah’, a time to pause and ponder.
It is a two-way conversation between God and man. He rewards with revelation of His truth and principles. A basic principle for Bible Study is that Truth is never found, it is revealed by God. It is greater than simple intellect but is spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding given by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 1:17-2:14; Psalm 16:7; Psalm 36:9; Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 4:7)
We bring all of our thoughts and questions to the Lord because the Holy Spirit is our teacher.
- But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
- But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. John 16:13a
Our God is faithful to every promise! We will look to Him to find the true meaning of the Scriptures we read this Advent Season. He is the One who will answer our questions and show us the practical application. As we read our Holy Bibles this Advent season, the following questions will help us with our meditations:
1) What does the passage say?
2) What does the passage mean?
3) What does the passage mean for my life? Ask the Lord to lead you as you ponder the following:
∙ Is there a command for me to follow?
∙ Is there a promise I need to embrace?
∙ Is there sin I need to confess and repent of?
∙ Is there an attitude or stinking thinking that I need to let go?
∙ Is there encouragement that I need or need to share?
∙ Is there praise, thanks, or prayer to be offered?
∙ Is it simply teaching Truth that I need to know?
So let’s begin by asking God to establish one of our theme verses in our hearts. Having this truth written on the tablet of our hearts will help us as we seek and behold Jesus through His Word this Advent season!