Gen 24:63 “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening…”
The Bible teaches us many anointed characters like Jesus. One of the most important of them is Issac. The name Issac brings sympathy in us towards the character because he was an innocent and pure man who would not get involved in any quarrels. Neither Issac’s father Abraham nor his son Jacob were like him. Issac is likened to the character of Jesus Christ in mainly two features:
- Sacrifice – At the age of about 17 though his father bound him for sacrifice, he remained still in complete obedience to his father to be given up in sacrifice. Jesus Christ too in complete obedience to His heavenly Father gave himself up to die for us at age 33.
- Marriage – Abraham sent Eleazar to choose a wife for his son Issac. Eleazar is a shadow of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Eleazar went into the house and chose the right woman as wife for Issac. The next day Eleazar goes before Issac with the woman chosen for him. Issac did not receive his future wife in his tent but went to the desert to receive her. The Holy Spirit is now preparing the bride i.e. the church, which is you and me for the arrival of the bridegroom(Jesus Christ). The Holy Spirit is not in heaven now but has been sent to the earth to prepare the church as the bride for the coming of the Bridegroom. Just as Issac went into the desert to receive his wife, Jesus Christ who is now seated at the right hand of his Father until He put His enemies under His footstool, will soon come in mid-heavens and the church will be taken up to meet the bridegroom (Jesus Christ) in mid-heavens. Jesus Christ will come down from heaven (1Thess 4:16-17), with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God in mid heavens where we will meet Him.Meditation is very important for a child of God to grow in his/her relationship with God and live a spiritual life in Him. Your blessings does not depend on merely going to church but on your personal spiritual growth in God. You will experience the presence of God in church but in order for it continue
you need to meditate on God’s word.
What is meditation?
1. Fellowship with God
You may pray for your needs to God but when you meditate on His word, God speaks to you. When you meditate on God’s word He will defintely speak to you, you can hear from him either through His audible voice or His word. The foundation of a christian life is intimacy with God and the primary stage of your intimacy with God is meditation.
Ps 1:2&3 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
The Psalmist terms the man who delights in the law of the LORD and who meditates on it day and night as blessed. Its not that the man would be without adversities but such a man would still stand strong even though he is in the midst of drought. He will not face it.
2. Relationship with God
Daniel faced a similar situation when he was thrown into the den of lions. His intimacy with God led him to hear God’s voice and therefore he knew in God’s presence no harm would come near him.
Such a relationship is developed only by meditating on the law of the LORD day and night. Keep saying the Word you receive during your early morning meditation and repeat it throughout the day as you do your daily chores.
At the age of 83 John Wessley cried out to God for being unable to spend more than 15 hours in His presence. A person who meditates on the Word day and night is like a tree planted by the river, whose leaves do not wither but bears fruit in season. If you are a person who meditates you will see the might hands of God deliver and lead you out of any trouble that may come. The wise man made the Word of God practical in his life by building his house on the rock. If you need to go ahead strong in your spiritual life you need to mediate the Word of God.
3. Desire for God
Ps. 39:3 “My heart grew hot within me, while I meditated the fire burned:.”
David, a person after God’s own heart says the above. In Rom12:11 “….not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; ..” God wants us to be sincere and passionate for His presence with us which is possible only by meditating His word. Meditation burns your desire for God.
4. Holy life
1John2:14 “I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”
The young are strong because the word of God abides in them and therefore were able to overcome the wicked one.
In Rev3:8 Jesus says “….for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Therefore in V.9 Jesus says “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, …….. worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” You can lead a holy life only by taking time to meditate on the word of God for Him to lead you in your daily life.
Gen24:62 “Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South. 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; …”
Beer Lahai Roi was the well named by Hagar where the angel of God spoke to her ie Well of the One Who Lives and Sees Me (Gen16:14). Hagar did not remain there after her encounter with God and received her deliverance.
In Gen25:11 we see Isaac dwelt at Beer Lahai Roi as it was his permanent place. Here we need to understand that those who seek God for worldly blessings, His presence is only a one time experience for them but those who seek God fervently will dwell permanently in His presence.
While Hagar knew that it was the place God sees her, her desire was only for a blessing, Issac desired the God who sees him in every walk of his life.
We all know God watches over us. We need to examine ourselves whether we need God to see us only during our troubles or at every moment of our lives. Isaac chose the best place to meditate where he knew God would see him. Our heavenly Father knows who we are as is clear from the manner the Angel of God addressed Hagar in Gen16:8.
When God see us He also reveals our future as He did to Hagar in Gen 16:9. The world may praise you but when you surrender yourself to God, He will reveal who you really are as mentioned by Isaiah (Isaiah 6:5) and Paul (Rom 4:24). Therefore we need to approach God’s presence pleading Him to see us as we are. Its necessary for us to meditate in order to remain humble.
Place of meditation
Gen24:63 says Issac went out to meditate in the field. When we go into God’s presence desiring Him to see us, we need to separate ourselves from everything that would disturb us. Turn off your mobile phone. Issac chose the evening time. You need to choose the time most suitable for you without disturbance of anyone. Select you time and place.
Have your Bible, a notebook and pen with you. Kneel down and tell God that you want to meditate His word and ask Him to open your heart and for His grace to understand His word deeper.
When you acknowledge your weakness at God’s feet He will reveal the mysteries of His word. Pray at His feet, read a portion that may touch your heart. Read it several times. It would be advisable to buy a reference book. Open the Bible to a chapter and start by reading one paragraph. Ask yourself questions like:
- Who is speaking?
- To whom is it spoken?
- What is the circumstance?
- How was the response?
- How can I apply it in my life?
By this time all thoughts of yourself would be suppressed. After you meditate, kneel down and pray over your meditation thoughts. You will experience strength within yourself and most decisions taken at this time are pleasing to God and will help you to surrender those decisions into God’s hands.
Remember you need a message everyday and begin sharing it first in your family prayer. You will see the mighty anointing of the Holy Spirit within your home. You will see the hands of God protect you and your family from all evil.
It is easy to live as a short tempered person but if you need patience you have to try for it. Likewise, seek to meditate the word of God everyday.
I urge all of you to meditate the word of God, pay attention to what God speaks to us, be anointed by the Holy Spirit and fan the flames of anointment to those around us. Let me once again remind you of the motto of our church John 8:31&32 “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The vision of this church is that everyone be disciples of Jesus Christ. Therefore, may God bless you to spend at least 30 minutes everyday at His presence to meditate His word and experience divine blessings.