Singular Focus

Singular Focus

Author: DAWAYNE STAMPER
September 22, 2020

Multi-tasking is a common practice for some people. How many people do you know that watch TV while browsing social media? Have you ever seen someone trying to read a book while driving down the interstate? That’s always scary to witness!

Admittedly, I am not good at multi-tasking. As I matter of fact, I always turn down the radio in order to “see” how to drive better :-)   When it comes to meditating on the Word of God, having a singular focus is important.

Psalm 1: 1 - 3
[1] “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; [2] but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. [3] He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

The word “meditate” in verse 2 means to “think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time.” To help make the most of your times of fellowship with the Lord, several things should be determined before you begin: 

(1)  What time you will meditate. Will it be the first thing you do after waking up in the morning, or will it be something you end your day with? Perhaps you are able to designate several times throughout the day during which to meditate. Consistency is the key.

(2)  What location will you use. Choose an environment in which distractions will be minimized. I’ve heard many Christians speak about going into a “prayer closet” to spend time with the Lord. Perhaps a better location for you would be sitting on the back porch. Choose whatever location at which you will experience the most privacy and peace, and return to that location each time you want to fellowship with the Lord.

(3)  What Scriptures and study materials will you use? Are you currently doing a verse-by-verse reading of the Bible? Is there a certain subject matter God has placed upon your heart that you need to examine more closely? Consider your small group Experiencing God Bible study material or current sermon series. Reading ahead will enable you to more fully participate in group discussions, and to share with confidence how God has used His Word to speak to your heart.

For those that “delight” (are joyful) in pondering the truths of God’s Word, verse 3 says they will “prosper.” This is not to say that they will have financial wealth; rather, they will have spiritual wealth through bearing the fruit of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control [Galatians 5:22-23].  Displaying these “fruitful” characteristics during both good and difficult seasons of life will enable us to be effective in pointing others to Christ. 

TODAY’S PRAYER: 
Lord, I see how important it is to meditate on your Word.
Help me prioritize time in your Word so that I may be be strong and fruitful.
Make me an instrument of peace to a world filled with chaos.
I pray in Jesus’ Name — Amen!



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