For those of us who are members of charismatic church movements, it’s easy to forget about the importance of quieting down and meditating. In fact, some churches regard the notion of meditation as anti-Christian.
Well, the anxiety and stress that I deal with forced me to look to other “means of grace.” After all, allusions are made to meditation in the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah tells us “Thou shalt keep his mind at perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.” Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) All too often our minds run constantly from one thought to the next without taking much time to meditate upon Jehovah Shalom, the God of peace.
As I studied the book of Exodus, I found peace in Moses’ exhortation to God’s people in Exodus 14:13 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” The Red Sea stood before them and their enemies were behing them, but Moses promised if they stood still they would see the see the salvation of the Lord.
It’s hard to stand still, to still our minds. Only by cultivating a habit of silence and meditation will deliverance from the tumult of our everyday lives. My challenge is not only to us as the people of God, but also to pastors and church leadership to place more emphasis on contemplative prayer and meditation.
Who or what are your Egyptians? What is your Red sea?
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10