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Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1, 8
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Psalm 119, 97
Are we prepared to question our lives?
The biblical sense of the word "meditate" is to think of a teaching given by God in order to apply it in our life. The meditation thus aims to translate biblical truths into acts. It leads us to examine our life to see what is in conformity with the will of God, and what is not yet.
Obviously, meditation supposes that we are decided to question our lives. It is necessary to seek what the biblical text says and not to substitute our own opinions to it. We must approach its reading with humility because it is our Creator who speaks to us. Under this condition, the more we read, the more we discover the wisdom and kindness of God.
When we read the Bible, we should ask God to teach us. By reading of the Bible, he strengthens our faith. Sometimes he humiliates us by showing us our failures, here or there. He also renews our thoughts, delivering us of our own thoughts, and giving us convictions based on his. When we fill ourselves with the Bible, we will be changed by the Holy Spirit.
Meditation is a discipline; it forms the disciple. We should choose to practise meditation instead of reading the Bible by custom or by duty. However, we should never forget that this discipline does not give us any merit, and that we will only progress in the knowledge of the Bible if we put the lesson into practice progressively as it is given to us.
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