You may be thinking, “How do I learn to meditate?” I would answer, “If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate.” Let me explain. Suppose you have a financial reversal and you cannot pay all your bills. What do you do? Do you ask yourself which ones are most necessary? Do you think about which bill you should pay first? Do you ask yourself, “What will happen if I don’t pay _________ bill?” Does that kind of thinking happen all day long? Do you think about it when you first get up, during breakfast, getting dressed, driving to work, at work, lunch, during a meeting, on the way home, when you talk to your spouse, you’re eating dinner, watching TV, when you are going to bed? Meditation works much the same, except you are thinking about God and the scriptures.
In scripture we see several examples of God’s people meditating:
Peter, James and John after the Transfiguration:
“And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11And they asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?’ 12And he said to them, ‘Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him’” (Mark 9:9-13).
The Disciples “In a Little While” statement:
“‘A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.’ 17So some of his disciples said to one another, ‘What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?’ 18So they were saying, ‘What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about’” (John 16:16-18).
Bible persons who meditated:
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