The Meditative Lifestyle

“And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming” (Genesis 24:63).

Meditation can be explained as quiet thoughts that help a person to relax. It is intended to be a spiritual exercise. But focusing on abstract thoughts isn’t possible because thoughts always carry an idea. Therefore meditation that dwells on quiet thoughts of the living word of God is what’s being discussed here. A lifestyle that can be described as meditative is the kind that involves deep, careful thoughts, in this case, about the Scriptures.

A hungry and famished man would need to eat in order to receive energy and strength to his blood and muscles. In like manner, it is reading the Bible and absorbing its nutrients that transforms a life. Without the word of God, the soul is dead.

Isaac the son of Abraham has set out the parameters of a godly practice of meditation and prayer. He had been mourning the loss of his dear mother, Sarah. Alone in the field, he meditated and sought the face of God. He chose a time most pleasant, and leisurely; and in the eventide after the toil of the day. It is important to know that the answers we seek are getting closer on the wings of prayer.

While waiting for news about Eliezer’s mission of seeking a wife for him, Isaac did not spend his time worrying or fretting or brooding anxiously about negative things. Instead, he was unperturbed. He had his special times with his God and he faithfully and consistently observed those times, by daily making time to meditate on God’s word. He always kept his appointment with God on a daily basis.

That was his source of strength and peace.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!”

Isaiah 26:3

While on such practice one day, the expected bride came and brought an end to sorrow and mourning.

Like Isaac, a lifestyle cultivated by meditation on God’s word on daily basis will bring peace of mind and rest. Meditation leads to a deep respect for God’s word (Psalm 119:23), obedience to His word (Psalm 119:4) and remembrance of His promises (Psalm 143:5).

As we remember His promises and great works in our lives, we are challenged to seek Him more. Habitual meditation on God’s word brings the earnest seeker to the depths of God’s riches and grace.

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand with sinners, or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law (word) of the LORD, mediating on it day and night.”
(Ps 1:1-2) NLT

Truth subjected to meditation opens up the soul. It is the only way the Inner Man can drink long and deep of the Living water. Meditation on the life giving word of God satisfies the thirst of spirit, soul and body.

Meditating on the word of God satisfies the hunger of the soul and the human spirit; it provides the necessary victuals both for spiritual and physical sustenance.

Christ affirmed this in response to Satan’s taunting him to turn stones into bread.

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,’

‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’ “. Matthew 4:4

Nothing quiets the troubled and anxious mind and heart like meditation on the Word. It provides real comfort.

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