I love the scripture that tells us "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well". (Matt 6:33). This scripture follows a beautiful passage about how much God loves us and all the things He will give to us and is followed by Him saying that therefore, we do not have to worry or be anxious about anything. How beautiful is that?! To me this sums up what faith is all about. However, it also requires something from us…
It tells us to Seek first the kingdom and His righteousness. In Hebrew "seek” means ‘to go after, chase down, search for, ask, or consult. God wants us to do all of that when He tells us to seek Him first. He wants us to get serious about knowing Him and His heart for us. But how do we do this?
First, we start by making spending time with Him a non-negotiable. Not somewhere in between the car and your next meeting, or the five minutes before you go to sleep. Those are wonderful and surely keep doing them but God wants to see us putting Him first. So dedicate time, whether that is when you wake up in the morning, in the afternoon, or after diner is immaterial to God. Just make sure it is time for you and Him, undistracted.
Start writing down the wisdom He is sharing with you in a journal. We remember things much more clearly when we are writing them down because we are creating neurological pathways when we do. Seeking Him in His Word and then ask Him to share His wisdom with you after you have read it. You don't have to try and reach 5 chapters each day. 1 verse can change your life when you truly take time to understand it and have God speaking over it.
Finally, the actual meditation as we know it today. Some people like to say it isn't Christian to meditate. Well I call BS! Belief system that is. In the bible in Philippians 4:8, it clearly says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
And isn't that what meditation is all about? Slowing down your mind enough to focus on everything that is right instead of everything that is wrong? Meditate on loving-kindness, meditate on forgiveness, compassion, gratitude, whatever things are lovely - meditate on these things. And what is more lovely than our Saviour's unconditional love for us?
Lord, we are so grateful for Your undeniable love for us. Your love for us is so great that You gave up Your only Son so we could have life everlasting. Lord, help me to meditate on all Your truths. Write them on my heart and help me to let those truths be the only things to part from my lips. Thank you for giving us Your Word to meditate on and that you guide us each and every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Tessa Hopman