A Christian Meditation with Exodus 33:14
Genesis 24:63 says, “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening.” When the Bible uses the word meditate, it’s talking about focusing our mind and imagination to experience God’s presence in a deeper way — what Ephesians 1:18 calls using the eyes of our heart. In some way Isaac was going out into the field at sunset to do exactly that. Focusing his mind and imagination to be alone with God in the field at sunset. It sounds nice, doesn’t it? Let’s take the time to do something like that now.
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Biblically guided meditation and relaxation uses your imagination to focus on your body-mind connection. It helps you imagine and experience your connection with God even at the cellular level. It focuses you on how your body depends upon God’s life at every moment. Your whole body is part of who you are — part of who God made you to be forever. There will be a resurrection of your body in your salvation. So as you take deep slow breaths, embrace your body now as part of you.
Begin to take in deep, slow breaths and with each exhale relax the muscles in your body a little bit more. Each slow, deep breath.
This is a time for you to meditate and focus your mind and your body on the life-giving, peace-giving presence of the I AM. There'll be other times to do things. To fix things. Plan things. You can do all that later. But for now put all that aside and focus all your thoughts on God being present with you 100% — focused on you 100% — without being any less present and any less focused anywhere else. He is the Giver of your life. The Source of comfort and peace. Shalom.
This is a time to listen and to speak to your whole person, including your body.
Let’s meditate on this…
Exodus 33:14 (NIV)
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Imagine this reality. Every part of your being — every cell in your body — at rest in the presence of the I AM.
Say to yourself…
“I am calm and your body is calm and at peace in the presence of God.”
Imagine surrendering your entire being to God’s will — God’s care — every cell in your body. Every anxiety in your heart. Giving it all to him. Trusting it all into his hands. He created you. There is no life apart from him. So surrender your whole being to him.
As you’re breathing and imagining and experiencing your complete dependence on God’s breath/Spirit in every cell of your body — your necessary connection with God even at the cellular level…
Let’s meditate on this…
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Imagine this reality. Every part of your being — every cell in your body — at rest in the presence of the I AM. In your imagination, see yourself coming to Jesus with all your weariness and with all your burdens — handing it all to him.
Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Say aloud to yourself…
“Because I have Jesus, the things that matter most are not threatened. I am not in danger. I am secure forever because the forever God is my God forever.”
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