George Muller is best known for his praying in faith, but he was also diligent to meditate on God’s Word. In one of his journal entries he noted:
It often astonished me that I did not see the importance of meditation upon Scripture earlier in my Christian life. As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time unless he eats, so it is with the inner man. What is the food of the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God—not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes though our minds, just as water runs through a pipe. No, we must consider what we read, ponder over it, and apply it to our hearts.
When we pray, we speak to God.This exercise of the soul can best be performed after the inner man has been nourished by meditation on the Word of God. Through His Word, our Father speaks to us, encourages us, comforts us, instructs us, humbles us, and reproves us. We may profitably meditate, with God’s blessing, although we are spiritually weak. The weaker we are, the more meditation we need to strengthen our inner man. Meditation on God’s Word has given me the help and strength to pass peacefully through deep trials. What a difference there is when the soul is refreshed in fellowship with God early in the morning! Without spiritual preparation, the service, the trials, and the temptations of the day can be overwhelming.
– from Hearing God’s Voice by Henry Blackaby
When I read this, I thought “I could have written this myself”.
I often shake my head and wonder that I did not sooner make a habit of meditating on His Word. It makes a world of difference.
I have found writing out scriptures in my journal and writing my thoughts out makes the Word come so much more alive then just reading it, highlighting it, and a “Praise the Lord”. The best help I have found for doing this is from Courtney Joseph at Women Living Well. It’s called the S.O.A.P. method.
S – Write out the Scripture
o – Make 1 or 2 observations about the scripture
A – Make application to your life
P – Pray the scripture for your life.
This has really opened the scriptures up for me . . . even scriptures that I have known all my life have come more alive.
Just a note or two ….
Studies show that highlighting is not an effective study skill. It does not reinforce the information and does not require you to think about the statement or learn it. I would say it is only helpful in helping you find the statement again.. maybe. So if you use your Kindle for study at least be sure to make notes when you highlight. But then again, I read somewhere that handwriting is more advantageous than typing when it comes to retention. It’s a big debate, but it’s worth considering and maybe trying both ways to see which works best for you.
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