LifeOct 11, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
In a tremendously helpful editorial for Charisma News, author Rosilind Jukic admonishes readers who insist on practicing meditation to carefully weigh their practices against Scripture and practice Biblical meditation while avoiding the traps of New Age mysticism.
"We live in a very stressed-out culture that is constantly looking for ways to unwind and de-stress. Just about any doctor or health expert will tell you to do one thing: meditate," Jukic says. However, most who suggest this route typically mean an Eastern form of meditation: Zen meditation, transcendental meditation, yoga, Chinese or Hindu meditation, guided meditation—which Jukic says flow directly from new age and Eastern religions.
In every way, Jukic explains, meditation and other new age practices are diametrically opposed to God's approach and purposes for us: "The problem with our culture isn't stress. Stress is only a symptom of a deeper problem: pride. Worry, fear, perfectionism—these all have their root in pride, and all result in stress. But God wants us to daily walk in faith that brings us peace no matter our circumstance. Jesus said, 'Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid' (John 14:27)."
Christians absolutely shouldn't turn to anything other than Jesus Christ for the peace that will help to ease whatever it is that has brought on stress in their lives.
"But the meditation God was talking about in Joshua 1:8 differs greatly from Eastern meditation," she explains. "In fact, I'll go so far as to say that participating in any form of meditation, apart from biblical meditation, is opening the door wide to the enemy."
So, how does Jukic suggest we go about meditating in the way Scripture describes and encourages? "...Speaking the Word, muttering it to ourselves, mulling over it and imagining how our lives should fit in its context," is a powerful way to think during meditation to draw closer to the living God. "This takes the Word to a much deeper level than reading, studying, praying and even memorizing as we contemplate deeply what each passage actually means for us personally and speaking it over and over to ourselves," she adds.
God's promises for those who meditate on His word are abundant and powerful, Jukic concludes. When we practice continual meditation on God's word and "imagining how we can mold our lives in concordance with it, we will see our lives transformed, and the Lord promises you 'will make your way prosperous' and then you will 'have success.'"
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