Preparing to journey into Colossians.
Gathered in the shop, we met yesterday to prepare for our journey into Colossians. Sharing why we came and orienting our hearts to read His Word.
Colossians: Rooted in Him
by The Daily Grace Co.
You’re invited to join us here as we work our way through Colossians: Rooted in Him. We’ll share bits of what we learn as we make our way through Colossians with The Daily Grace study as our guide.
Lord, how thankful we are for Your Word for opportunities to gather and learn more about You and Your love for us. We ask for hearts open wide to receive Your love and to love You in return. Amen.
The study we are embarking on lends itself to the spiritual discipline of meditation.
- What is your first thought when you hear the word meditation?
- In what ways do you practice the spiritual discipline of meditation?
Scripture: Joshua 1:8
- What instruction does the Lord give to Joshua as he begins his leadership?
- Do you think there is importance to the order in which God gave his direction?
God told Joshua to meditate on the Book of the Law, that it should not depart from his mouth.
A Believer’s mouth should be filled with God’s way and instruction — the Word woven into his everyday conversation. It should be readily available, on the tip of his tongue. Meditation on Scripture is the spiritual discipline that fills our mouths with His Word and enables us to do what God says next, “observe everything written in it.”
God teaches Joshua (and us) the practice of meditation on God’s Word comes first. As we prayerfully move it from our heads to our hearts, it brings about obedience. Too often we are taught to obey a list of “laws” and told what to do, rather than being reminded of the primary role of reading and studying Scripture. This way of works is not God’s Way. It is the other way around. Being in God’s Word is what makes our obedience possible.
The Hebrew word for meditate is hagah and it means:
- Read in an undertone
- Mutter while meditating
A devotional in the (in)courage Devotional Bible says it like this:
To meditate is not merely something to be done quietly in our heads. What we meditate on should be in our mouths…. When the word of God penetrates our hearts it will affect the rest of us. Only then will we have the ability to be obedient because only then will we know His way and His plan and want to follow it.
Meditation is one of the practices that plants God’s Word deep in our hearts. Like seeds taking deep root, God’s Word in our hearts grows to produce all kinds of fruit in us.
Now that we’ve explored a fuller meaning of meditation, take a few minutes to consider the ways you surround yourself with God’s Word.
Recently my understanding of daily reading God’s Word is expanding to include much more than my morning quiet time. It seems I sort of put meditation into a box with a formula for correct practice. What I realize now is we live in a world with wonderful technology that provides infinite opportunities to immerse ourselves in God’s Word.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve read a Scripture during my quiet time that speaks to something in my life. I’ll hop in my car to go to work only to hear the radio preacher talking about the same thing. An evening prayer book points me in the same direction. The list goes on and on.
What I’m learning is when I surround myself with God’s Word, when I moan, plot, proclaim and sing His Word I can’t help but connect it to my own life and share it with others.
When we meditate on Scripture it takes root in our hearts and then flows out of our mouths (Luke 6:45) and into our worlds as the Word made flesh. Whether you join us on the journey through Colossians: Rooted in Him or not, we pray you’ll reorient your life toward His Word and meditate on it day and night.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.