When is the best time to meditate on scripture?
My theme this year is freedom, and as I was reading the book, “Truly Free” by Pastor Robert Morris, I underlined, circled, and highlighted the part where he answers this question. Here is my takeaway.
Anytime, of course, but just like eating and drinking are essential to our health – there are optimal times each day that we eat and drink depending on our lifestyle.
God’s Word is living water and bread of life. In fact, Jesus, who was Word become flesh, said he is the Living Water and the Bread of Life, and that whoever drinks of him will thirst no more and will never go hungry.
That’s an incredible promise – and He says in one my favorite verses, John 10:10, an extension of this promise:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
So how do we live our life to the full? By living out God’s instruction manual, The Bible.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 outlines four specific times when it’s especially helpful to focus on God’s Word:
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.“
This passage speaks specifically about teaching Scripture to children, but the times it mentions are also applicable to meditating on scripture.
Those four times are . . .
- when we get up in the morning
- when we go to bed at night
- when we’re sitting around the house, not doing anything
- when we’re traveling somewhere
You might’ve noticed as you read them that these are the main times the devil is most likely to attack our minds. When we go to bed at night, for instance, it’s easy to lie there in the dark and entertain harmful thoughts. Here comes the worry, fear, lust, anxiety, and irritability.
In addition to being bread and water, the Word of God is a two-edged sword – both defensive and offensive. And when the Word is in our heart as the verse above says, we can take every thought captive and defeat any harmful ones. Without the Word in our spirit at those times, though, we’re vulnerable. Our willpower alone is not enough to defeat the devil.
Thankfully God’s Word can defeat the devil’s mental suggestions every time if we use it. The key is not that we remove negative thought from our mind, but to replace it with a more powerful thought from God’s Word just as Romans 12:2 says:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
And if that’s not enough, Psalm 1:1-3 has a powerful promise for us if we mediate on the Word:
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”
Whether you’re getting up, going to bed, relaxing on your day off, or on your way to work…meditate on God’s Word and good things will happen.
What are some Bible verses you’d recommend to meditate on?