Sacred Reading #2

The second step in lectio divinia is meditating on the passage we have been reading. What is meant by meditation? It is true in our fast paced world that meditation is pretty much a lost art for most moderns. It is still practiced in some parts of the world but here in America we are into fast food, fast reads and fast lives. Most of us are too busy to read the Word much less meditate on it. We might even question the why as much as the how.

Meditation is the second step because it has the function of getting the reading into our subconscious. To let us completely bathe in its meaning as well as its message. While reading might only involve the mind, meditation involves the heart. We read and move on. But, if we read and stop, then allow our mind and heart to think, ponder and wonder something magical has a chance to happen. Suddenly the Word has an opportunity to fulfill its purpose as something living and breathing inside of us. No longer just words on paper but feeling in the heart of hearts.

Meditation allows room for the indwelling Spirit of God to commune with our spirit. Check out Romans 8:26, 27. It is an intentional process that opens the door to the person of Christ to come into our hearts and souls.

Read the following passage every day for a week.

Josh 1:8-9

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. 9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  NASU

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