Sunday

Sabbath's Appetizer- Do you want to know how to meditate?

Let me quickly tell you the history behind meditation. Long ago, because there was no mirror, people would fetch water in a bowl, wait for it to settle and look at their reflection through it.

Therefore meditation simply means all the actions of patiently reflecting, studying, caring about, repeating, rehearsing and attending to something so much till you start to see yourself in the light of that thing you're focused on.

So how do you really go about it?

I will use a verse in the bible to explained this. The verse is a popular one "the lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" psalm 23:1.
Now looking at the verse above, a question should first come to mind, who is a Shepherd? Look at the answer below:

In the bible days a shepherd is a person that takes care of sheep, from the moment the sheep are born or bought, a Shepherd attend to what it will eat, guide them to pasture (a land cover with green grass), and also leads them to a source of water. In all, a Shepherd is responsible for the welfare of the sheep.

Second questions is: what is the relationship between me and a sheep? Read the answer below:

According to Jesus, he likened his followers (a believer, a born again child of God), as a sheep. Let's look at the verses below:

"And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats"- Mattew 25:32

"But he that entered in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter opens and the sheep hear his voice: and he called his own sheep by name, and leads them out.- John 10: 2-3

After you have been able to gather your information like this, you can start seeing yourself in the light of the Psalms 23:1. When you have gotten a full picture of the verse, it will help you digest other part of the Bible that talked about God taking care of you. Let's look at Isaiah 46:4 "And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar (grey) hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you".

Isn't this verse what a Shepherd will do for his sheep? Your meditation is complete when you can believe and confess (faith) that in God, as Christian you are well taken care of. A good Shepherd will not allow any harm or lack to override his sheep, therefore it doesn't matter what the present situation looks like, with God everything is already settled if only you can believe (because the battle is in your mind).

Moreover, one of the advantages of meditation is that it helps you to know God more personally. Many times I'm in church and a part of the pastor's sermon is centered around what I had meditated upon, he uses the same words I had learned during meditation, It simply confirms that I'm on the right page.

"We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak"- 2 Corinthians 4:13

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