CONTEMPLATION

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“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” – Colossians 3:16

Many citizens can recite their national pledge but it’s possible that only a few actually live by the ideals embedded therein.

In the same way, a believer may carry the Bible everywhere with him or on his mobile device but not internalize it.

Today, we will examine contemplation and why it is important for us.

Contemplation involves deep thinking, not something rushed. It is a deliberate effort to ponder on a matter so as to understand its meaning and make accurate derivation.

Let us reexamine the first part of our anchor text in the New Living Translation.

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with the wisdom he gives.”
– Colossians 3:16a

The truth of God’s word in all its richness requires contemplation before it becomes deep-seated in a person’s heart.

Even though we hear the word preached to us repeatedly during devotions and services, we must continue to contemplate on it till we are fully convinced.

The Psalmist boldly declared in Psalms 119:16, “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”

This should be our disposition to the word. We must constantly keep God’s word in our consciousness.

Contemplating on a matter is important because it will strengthen your conviction and then inform your reality.

Any truth you do not contemplate upon will not manifest in your life.

For example, some people have discarded the existence of miracles because they do not see it in their lives.

Miracles are as real today as they were in Bible times. If you do not contemplate on this truth till you are utterly convinced of it, you may never experience it.

This is why Paul admonished Timothy saying, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” – I Timothy 4:13, 15

Now that you have been reminded to contemplate on the truth of the word, ensure you do so. It is for your profiting.

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