The Bible has a fair amount to say about meditation and the types of things that we, as followers of Christ, should set our thoughts upon.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Josh 1:8)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Ps 1:2)
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (Ps 119:15)
May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. (Ps 104:34)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil 4:8)
Suggested topics for our meditations:
- The Scriptures (Book of the Law; law of the Lord; precepts);
- God’s ways;
- The Lord; and
- All things that are truthful, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy.
The Bible tells us that as we meditate upon and talk about these themes that we will have a successful and prosperous life. What a blessed promise!
4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Lk 5:4-6)
Notice that in verse 4, Jesus tells Simon (Peter) to let down his nets [plural] in order to catch fish. Simon basically has some skepticism, but says, “Okay! I’ll put THE net down.” And that single net was no match for the quantity of fish that filled the net to the breaking point!
This is the result of doubt—not faith. Jesus was prepared (I believe) to fill every single net that Simon would have put down into the water that day. If Simon had put down three nets, he would have filled three; if he had put down four, he would have filled four. But doubt prevented him from truly complying with Jesus’ instructions.
Now, was Simon still blessed? Of course, he was! Do you think his faith was strengthened by this episode? Undoubtedly, yes.
But, do you think that the plan of Jesus for Simon was much more prosperous than Simon could envision? I believe that it assuredly was. But Simon’s sight was limited and narrowed by doubt.
Let us learn a great lesson from this Biblical account, and adjust our own behavior and mindset when reading God’s Word for us. We must learn to obey God to the last detail of His instructions to us. If you doubt anything—doubt your own doubt! Trust God to do impossible (miraculous) things in order to bless you.
Let us learn to launch into the deep of obedience to God with great trust and faith in His plans for us and His vision for us, in Jesus’ Name.