“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”~~Kahlil Gibran
Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is velleity, “a slight wish or tendency.” Example sentence: “Samuel sometimes mentions that he would like to go back to school, but his interest strikes me as more of a velleity than a firm statement of purpose.”
Today is International Mountain Day.
Oh. Wait. Wrong kind of “Mountain.” I think they mean this kind.
Our church had a women’s Christmas party last night, and Christi went to it. She had a good time, and they had an ornament exchange at the party. She didn’t get home until after 9:30, and said she was the first one to leave.
While she was gone, I watched “The Frighteners,” an old Michael J. Fox movie, from the nineties, I think? It was quite good and very entertaining.
Today is Friday! Woohoo!!
(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)
The next step in Tim Keller’s framework (yesterday, we looked at “evocation”) is “meditation.” I realize that some more fundamentalist types of Christians run screaming from the room when that word is mentioned, but meditation is a good thing, and, in fact commanded by Scripture. “To respond to God in prayer, we must listen to his Word.” And the best way to “listen” is to take time to meditate on a portion of Scripture, using it as a “bridge into prayer.” When we say “listen,” we do not mean that we sit silently, listening for a voice in our head. The idea is to mull over the passage of Scripture that we have read, considering all of the possible meanings, and “listening” to what the Spirit leads us to hear from it. This is not something that one accomplishes overnight.
While it is true that the more you study the Bible, the easier it is to move into this kind of meditation, it is not good to spend most of your daily time in serious, in-depth Bible study, as it will not leave much time for meditation and prayer. This, if you recall, was one of the basic flaws of the “Quiet Time” model.
For people who might just be starting out with this (and I confess that I still don’t consider myself a “veteran”), it would be good to get a good grip on Scripture through slow study/reading. Perhaps a chapter a day, which would cover the Bible in three years, along with a single-volume commentary. While reading, you could earmark chapters for later reflection, returning to those for meditation times before prayer.
Father, Scripture meditation is something I have always struggled with. As I move toward adapting this model for my morning devotions, I pray for a good understanding of meditation, and that I might take time at other points in the day to engage in serious Bible study/reading, that my knowledge of you might increase. I pray for focus for my mind as I try to meditate, because my mind is so easily distracted.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.