Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the lawof the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).
Most of us want to be blessed by the Lord. We go to great lengths to pray for these blessings. Yet the Bible tells us we are blessed when we meditate on the teaching and instructions of the Lord.
Biblical mediation is not some mystical trance we seek to put ourselves into. It is the act of reading the word of God slowly, intentionally, and prayerfully. It is reading the Bible to know God intimately, not simply to reach a daily goal from a devotional guide. When we do this, we are blessed because we are literally connecting with the Creator of the Universe on a relational level.
In his book, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership, Henri Nouwen wrote, “Christian leaders cannot simply be persons who have well-informed opinions about the burning issues of our time. Their leadership must be rooted in the permanent, intimate relationship with the incarnate Word, Jesus.” This statement, along with the previous Bible verse, brings a question to my mind:
Are my thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the world being formed by politics, the daily news cycle, and social media, or am I being transformed by the Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh?
I pray for all of us that it is the latter…
Love to all,
Dealing with burning issues without being rooted in a deep personal relationship with God easily leads to divisiveness because, before we know it, our sense of self is caught up in our opinion about a given subject. But when we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.