As Ecclesiastes 7:7 says, “Oppression maketh a wise man mad.” The New World Translation reads, “Oppression may make a wise one act crazy.” Watching the news we see people 'acting crazy' almost every day.
Is it any wonder that some people turn to sedation, inebriation and recreation as means to calm themselves? Others look to a higher source for comfort. What would that be?
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation.” — New King James Version.
You may have noticed that it says God “comforts us IN all our tribulation,” meaning we may still be experiencing anxiety. But He is able to comfort us during whatever trials come upon us. How?
One special way is outlined in Romans 15:4: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” — New King James Version.
How can reading the Scriptures comfort us? There is a special technique to reading the Bible for comfort. It was used in ancient times. If done correctly it will always bring us greater relief. Psalm 1:2 gives us the secret: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
The Hebrew word translated “meditate” is “haghah” or “hagah,” which means to utter inarticulate sounds, to whisper or to utter in an undertone. The New World Translation of Psalm 1:2 says “In his law he reads in an undertone day and night.”
Gesenius’s Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament defines the word haghah as, “To speak with oneself, murmuring and in a low voice, as is often done by those who are musing (meditating).”
The idea is that when we are reading God’s Word we should be talking to ourselves, whispering in a low voice — asking ourselves questions like, “What does this mean to me? What’s the lesson here for me? What is this teaching me about God?”
This form of reading along with meditation is also associated with the use of our imagination. Why? Because in doing so we bring God’s Word to life. Remember, the Bible is not dead history. As Hebrews 4:12 says, “God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” — Common English Bible.
So, when we read these “living” words, we need to do more than take in knowledge. We have to translate that knowledge into the language of the heart by allowing our emotions to get involved while we’re meditating. When you read the Bible, do you put yourself in the scene? That is what you should starting doing.
How? We have to use all our senses. My heart reacts to smell. So I’ve got to smell it. I’ve got to hear it. I’ve got to see it. I’ve got to touch it.
We have to utilize all our senses and then our heart starts to react. That’s what the Bible calls “reading in an undertone.” Make it come to life! Be there in the moment! Meditate on it.
Try it. Imagine yourself there, on the main street in Capernaum. Feel yourself being jostled by the crowd. Smell the little shish kebab sparrows being barbequed on sticks near the market places — feel the strong presence of the Lord Jesus right next to you. Now see this man, beautifully dressed, pushing through the crowd and falling at Jesus’ feet — it’s Jairus, one of the presiding officers of the synogogue. People are surprised, whispering about him.
Jairus’ 12-year-old daughter is deathly ill. You can hear him pleading with Jesus to help her. Can you see the surprised look on people's faces as Jairus begs Jesus on bended knees? Can you hear the whispers?
Keep watching. Now follow Jesus and the crowd as they go to the little girl. Get all your faculties involved. Visualize and meditate so it can become a part of your feelings.
Now, read that account at Luke 8:41-56. Ask yourself what do you learn about God’s love and His power? King David said at Psalm 143:5, “I meditate on all thy works.” This helped David become someone God described in Acts 13:22 as “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” — New King James Version.
This is because meditation anchors truths deep into our mind and heart. Then when faced with some trial or tribulation, we can draw on the things we have already learned and stored away to bring us comfort later. Will “the God of all comfort” help us achieve this?
Jesus said at Luke 11:13: “As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” — Good News Translation.
If you have not tried this technique of reading God’s Word, meditating, utilizing your imagination and asking God for holy spirit to help you achieve a higher source of comfort, why not start today?
This is one of the most powerful influences you will ever use on your mind and heart — putting yourself in the picture so the words and experience can become so real that it becomes a part of you and affect your heart.
If we learn to love reading God’s Word in an undertone “day and night,” even for a few minutes, it can strengthen our faith, give us comfort and unimaginable joy. Try it today!
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