The Transformative Power of Meditation

Transformation is a process that takes place over time. Our minds must be transformed. Then we “… may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Rom. 12:2.

But how?

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Rom. 12:2.

Our senses are continually taking in the stimuli and data from a world system that wants to conform our thinking to its own. We must connect in some way to messages from our home front. For we are pilgrims and strangers here. This world is not our own. We are just passing through.

The Word is the communication from Home. It is widely known that there have been many prisoners throughout the world that have latched onto one scrap of scripture taken from a Bible who have been thoroughly transformed by meditating on that Word repeatedly.

Just as our earthly bodies need to be fed in order to have life and health. So our spirits must be fed in order to live and maintain spiritual health. What is the food? It’s not bread, but the Word coming from the mouth of God to our spirit.

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matt. 4:4.

Our spirits long for and hunger for the Word. So often Jesus is seen at the table instructing His disciples. There is an amazing banquet awaiting us in heaven. But we can get a taste of that heavenly manna here and now.

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.” Jer. 15:16.

My grandmother always insisted that I chew my food twenty times before I swallowed. I am not sure that I chew twenty times but I am always the last one done eating. Coming from an Italian heritage, the whole of eating and enjoying what I eat is second nature.

Never sit to read the Word and swallow it whole without chewing. It must be gone over and over again. It never ceases to amaze me, how many, when you relay a passage or verse of Scripture to them, are quick to say, “Yeah, yeah I know that verse.” Do you? Then why haven’t you even discovered the surface meaning of it, much less the deeper spiritual truth? You can’t hear God speaking while your sprinting through the Word. You need to stop, sit down and wait for the revelation of it.

I once heard that meditation is best illustrated by the process of a cow’s digestive system. Here is short description of it:

Cattle have one stomach with four compartments. These compartments are the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum, with the rumen being the largest compartment. Cattle are ruminants, meaning that they have a digestive system that allows use of otherwise indigestible foods by repeatedly regurgitating and re-chewing them as “cud”. The cud is then re-swallowed and further digested by specialized microorganisms in the rumen. (from Answers.com)

The food that the cow eats is reprocessed over and over again. They chew, swallow, regurgitate, rechew, reswallow, regurgitate, repeat. In this way they breakdown their food into something their body can assimilate.

Don’t eat and run. Better to skip the meal if you don’t have time to sit and process it. It will be more beneficial to read one verse and meditate on it all day than to read a chapter and never reflect upon it.

The power of the Word to transform your mind and your very life is bound to this concept of meditation. Meditation on the Word will bless you richly. You must purpose to hear what God is saying. He will not interrupt your busy little agenda.

“Blessed is the man…[whose] delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2.


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