Today we will just look at a few more problems which we often face while trying to mediate on the Word, before we conclude tomorrow.
Laziness: Meditating on the Word suggest labour, work. Here is one of the real problems of our negligence. We fail in our need to meditate studiously and worshipfully in the Word because it takes time and work. It has been said that all human sin finds its roots in three basic human problems, the sins of pride, dishonesty, and slothfulness
Sensuality: The church today is filled with what we might call sensuous Christians. A sensuous Christian is one who:
- Lives by his feelings rather than through his understanding of the Word of God.
- Cannot be moved to service, prayer, or study unless he “feels like it.”
- Thinks he doesn’t need to study or meditate on the Word because he operates by his feelings.
- Doesn’t want to know God, he wants only to experience Him.
Without the knowledge of the Word, however, no one can be sure of his experience. Sproul reminds us: The Bible is addressed primarily though not exclusively to our understanding. This is difficult to communicate to modern Christians We turn to feelings rather than to our minds to establish and preserve our faith. This is a very serious problem we face in the twentieth-century church”
Procrastination: Often, we do not feel like reading or studying the Bible. This is to be expected. Old patterns often die hard and slowly. It takes time to develop the pattern and discipline needed to make this a priority. We are in a spiritual struggle and after years of operating in the flesh, we must recognize we are dealing with a spiritual battle which must be overcome by faith and transformed desires.
Unbelief: We wonder, “Will meditating on the Word really make a difference in my life? Will it give insight to life? Will it make me wiser than all my teachers as the Psalmist declares?” The answer of course is yes, but only a strong conviction of this will translate into consistent action.
Wrong Focus: Preoccupation with the wrong objects, the objects of our pain, our fear, or anger, will keep us from meditating on the Word where we find God’s solution. But in our human defense solutions and in our desire to control our own lives, we have a hard time with these wrong objects of preoccupation. Note the following passages and the principle of EXCHANGE, RENEWAL and REPLACEMENT:
Numbers 11:5-6 We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, 6 but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.
Psalm 119:28 My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Thy word.
Psalm 119:78 May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie; But I shall meditate on Thy precepts.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,