A Christian Meditation that God Controls All the Chaos from Matthew 11:25
A Christian Meditation that Your Father Is Lord of Heaven and Earth from Matthew 11:25. This kind of Christian meditation brings the transcendent experience of God into your mind and into your body so that you can replace anxiety, insecurity, stress and tension with the better and truer imagination of God’s infinite and intimate presence and love for YOU.If your podcast app is set to skip silent sections, disable that for this podcast.Body MeditationIn this Christian meditation we start with a body meditation to recalibrate our body with our mind’s awareness. Of course our body is always responding to our mind and feeling our mind’s beliefs in the moment. Our tension and anxieties, insecurities, anger and grievances. We’re just usually not aware of it. But our body always is.Body meditation reintegrates our mind’s focused awareness back with our body so that we can intentionally recalibrate our mind and our awareness and our beliefs and our body with the reality of God‘s presence and intimate involvement in our lives.To begin, lie flat on your back if possible or otherwise sit comfortably in a chair. Try to sit in a way where your mind can easily calibrate with your body. Uncross your legs. Try to keep your body symmetrical. Close your eyes if you can.And begin to take deep breaths through your nose into your belly.Breathing in. Feeling calm and relaxed. Breathing out. Letting go of any areas of tension as you feel your body dropping a little deeper now. Releasing. Muscles softening. Begin to mindfully inhabit your body fully. To intentionally focus your attention on the inner condition of your body. To feel your entire body from within. Body awareness helps you embrace your body — recalibrate your body — with the reality of God’s life-giving presence and love. And with each breath out use your imagination to feel God‘s presence inside you and outside you. Giving life to every cell in your body. Acts 17:28 says “In him we live and move and have our being.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “…Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you…” which means that Christ has made your body holy. The apostle Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “Christ lives in me and the life I now live in the body…” The way the resurrected Jesus inhabits our body is by the Holy Spirit. Use your imagination to feel this biblical truth throughout your entire body.Bible MeditationMatthew 11:25 (NIV)At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. …One of the principles all throughout the Bible is this — God hides himself from the proud and reveals himself to the humble. He’s wired things in such a way where the gospel looks like foolish ignorance to those who pride themselves on their educated intelligence.But what I am interested in here for our meditation his who Jesus declares the Father to be — “Lord of heaven and earth.“ Jesus is God who became human and he’s praying to God as a human. I want to have the same view of God that Jesus had. Not just that he is my Father.He is Lord of heaven and earth. Someone is in charge of the chaos. Your Father is in charge of all the chaos. He has an eternal plan and purpose. “He will cause all things to work together for good for his children” (Rom 8:28-30). “Not even a sparrow will fall to the ground apart from the will of your father in heaven.” “And you’re much more valuable to God than sparrows.“ “He has numbered the very hairs of your head” (Matt 10:29-31). He has “ordained the number of my days before one of them even came to be” (Ps 139:16).The God Jesus taught us and the Bible teaches us is a God who is in complete control of everything. This is why Jesus could confidently and calmly take a nap in a boat in the middle of a storm. And then when the disciples woke him up he simply spoke and calmed the storm and the waves.Remember that anxiety and fear and insecurity and anger block us from seeing God’s presence and his love for us in the moment. And they also block us from seeing God in control of every moment.Christian meditation reminds us to believe what we already believe is true. To believe in the God that Jesus revealed to us. And I want to have the same view of the the Bible that Jesus had.Evil might be mighty in our world, but it’s not Almighty. Chaos might be mighty right now, but it’s not Almighty. Yahweh — HE IS — is the Almighty. And that’s true for every evil and every chaos in your life right now.As you focus your meditation on becoming more aware of your body, also become more aware of this reality and feel it into your body.Where there is anxiety, tension, insecurity, self protection, clenched muscles – replace it with trust and a calm confidence in this truth. Your father is Lord of heaven and earth. Use your imagination to see this reality right now. Whatever it is you don’t think is under his control, see it now as completely under his control. Use your imagination to become mindfully aware of this reality right now. God’s presence with you — Christ in you by the Holy Spirit. Whatever and wherever it is you you have let anxiety and insecurity and anger take control, see it now as completely under God’s control. And find rest in that truth. Feel your body become more calm and quiet and at rest as you become more and more mindfully aware of this reality using your imagination.Timestamps:Body Meditation 01:18 - 18:03Bible Meditation: Mathew 11:25 18:09 - 28:19Prayer 28:25 - 30:12Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.Follow Dave Cover on Twitter @davecoverFollow A Bigger Life on Twitter @ABiggerLifePodOur audio engineer is Diego Huaman.This podcast is a ministry of The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located.