In a world that is full of hurry, we find it very difficult to stop all activity to think, ponder or meditate. Sadly, we forget that times of quiet can produce the richest treasures. Beside reducing anxiety and fear, taking time to think on the Word of God strengthens our relationship with God, increases our understanding of Scripture and provides wisdom.
David said, “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways” (Psalm 119:15). It was a way of shutting the door against distractions and focusing his mind on that which would guide his life — God’s Word and His ways
Timothy lived in a world of confusing ideas and those who were promoting immoral life styles. It is no different today, only more visible. It was critically important that Timothy “be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Why? The culture of his time requires being a “good soldier…an athlete [that] competes according to the rules…[and] a hard-working farmer. To work out these principles in his life, it would be necessary to “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything” (2 Timothy 2:1-7).
In a time when morals are being devalued and biblical principles considered useless, it is critical to take time to ponder the Word of God. Solomon says, “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things” (Proverbs 15:28). The word “ponder” means to “give serious thought” to something. The wicked give no thought to their words.
If you try to run your life at the speed of this world, you will miss the quiet moments that give understanding, wisdom and divine guidance.
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