So in Part 1 we come to understand that the Word of God is God Himself, and that in the form of His word He is to the Spirit man as bread is to the natural man. We read that the word of God, at our request, needs to be a daily consumption and that from it we are able to acquire immortal life. So how do we sit down and allow our food to digest..
1 Timothy 4:15&16 (KJV) says this:
“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (16) Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
Now Timothy was actually talking about the gifts that had been imparted by the Holy Spirit with the laying on of hands, however the process and dedication applied to maintaining a gift in your life is in my opinion a like for like one. This I would consider this the process of digestion. Lets look at the process in more detail.
Psalms 119:15 (KJV) says “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways (16) I will delight myself in thy statues: I will not forget thy word”. Psalms 1:2 (KJV) ” But his delight is in the law of the LORD: and in his law does he meditate day and night”. But what does it mean to meditate.
To meditate is to:
- Focus one mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting ( a more biblical concept of this may consider this a rehearsal).
- Think deeply about (something)
- Plan mentally; consider
Joshua encouraged the people of God to “Study the Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it” (Joshua 1:8 NLT)
Meditation is in it’s own right the process of sitting still an deeply considering what you have just read. It’s actively taking time to focus for a period of time – supported by rehearsing or going over what has been read. Here we have the sitting still.. and Joshua tells us the benefits of meditation – so that we can obey everything written.
Often times (and I’m guilty of this too) we read, and go. Like it’s a drive through service. We have all had that feeling of when we have eaten something too quickly and now it’s wanting to leave us as quickly as it came in! We don’t benefit from natural food when consumed in that way – the same goes for the word of God.
Give Thyself Wholly To Them:
Hebrews 4:12+13 (NLT) : “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edge sword, cutting between soul and spirit…it exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (13) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes….”
Giving yourself wholly first starts with accepting God’s word to be TRUE, and that it stands unequivocally (in a way that leaves no doubt) as a manual for the believers life. This means it’s not to be challenged or questioned. Simply put – it is what it is
Take Heed To Thyself and The Doctrine
The Apostle James (James 1:23-25 NLT)) encourages the saints by saying this:
“(23) For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, its like glancing at your face in a mirror. (24) You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. (25) But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it”
We need to use the word of God as a mirror, first looking at yourself and then at the word of God as this stands as our benchmark for Godly living. This in itself takes time.
Continue In Them
Isaiah said in Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) “..This is the way, walk ye in it…” This is where we act in obedience and often time in simple faith in doing what the Lord says do.
This process of digestion is crucial. It’s when we (much like the natural food) allow it to settle in our system, allow the nutrients and edifying properties and qualities to be released and in turn absorbed by the body so that we, as well as others can be edified by it. This process also allows the word of God to search our hearts, bringing a cleansing and a perfecting of of the Spirit man (if we allow) in the stillness and processing of our daily bread. Taking time to “Sit down (Be Still) and let your food digest” is important for a believer if we wish to really benefit from our spiritual meals.
Well.. I hope and pray that this has been of substance to you.. and that next time when you are reading the word of God that you consider your consumption and digestion processes and take time to let it REALLY digest.