In Part 1, we began looking at what it meant to abide in Christ. We talked about what it meant to abide. This is the example I used:
“For instance, how many of you have contact lenses or know of someone that has contact lenses? Have you ever seen them lose one (or lost one yourself)? I don’t wear any but I have seen contact wearers do this very thing.
“Don’t move anyone! I dropped my contact lens and it’s down here somewhere!” and they search intently (and stooped down) for that contact lens until they find it. This is exactly what we are supposed to be doing! We are supposed to search intently, look within the ‘law of liberty’ or what we know as the Bible.”
I also posted 3 different ways of abiding in Christ that dealt only with Scripture. We will discuss these three plus more in our posts on “Abiding in Christ”. The different ways of abiding in Christ are:
- Meditation of Scripture
- Memorization of Scripture
- Reading Scripture
- Obedience to what is learned through Scripture (obedience to Christ)
You cannot just take one or two of these and expect (or hope) that your life will be changed. They work in conjunction with one another and MUST be put into practice or you won’t change! This is not an either/or, take your pick decision! So many ladies try to pick and choose what they want to do or not do and find that they are stagnating in their Christian life then wonder how come nothing is changing.
In today’s society, the “‘in-thing” is to meditate. A lot of times we’re told by the “experts” that we can calm ourselves down by “yoga and meditation”. The Bible is very clear that meditation is important within our lives but not the “world’s” kind of meditation.
Psalm 1:1-2 shares with us, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate DAY AND NIGHT.” (emphasis mine)
First, let’s look at verse 1 to see what we should NOT be doing. The verse says that the man that walks NOT in the counsel of the ungodly is blessed. This means to be continual, to be conversant, exercise self, be wont to haunt in the advice, purpose or counsel of the morally wrong, actively bad person, or the guilty. If you are continually following the advice of someone who isn’t saved or isn’t making a habit of following the Lord in every area of life then you are not going to be blessed. If you notice in the previous sentence, I did say making a habit of following the Lord. This person is not perfect but desires to do what is right in every area of their lives. If you are not following the advice of that kind of person then you will NOT be blessed and not only that, you will begin to go further downhill.
The next part of that verse says, “…nor standeth in the way of sinners…” What can we see happening in this person’s life? They are going from WALKING to STANDING. The word stand means to abide, stand firm, continue, dwell. The person that is NOT blessed is now abiding in the course of life or mode of action of one that is accounted guilty or of a criminal.
The third part of the verse finishes with, “… nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” This person that is not blessed started off by following the counsel of either an unsaved person or a person who wasn’t striving to serve the Lord in every area of their lives. They began abiding in a course of life (within their own lives) with one who is accounted guilty or a criminal. They then began SITTING. This word means to settle, to marry, to dwell, or to remain. They are no longer walking or standing but they have decided that this is the place they want to stay. What kind of place is it? It’s deriding, making fun of, or mocking. Have you seen the person that mocks other people? They didn’t start off that way but they certainly ended that way.
“But this is too harsh,” you might argue with me. “Just because a person isn’t trying to follow the Lord in every area of life doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with their advice! I’m sure they can have very good advice at times! You are judging others on your preferences or opinions!”
Am I? Remember the previous post on Romans 12:1-2?
Let’s take a look at the next verse and see what it says!
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Whose delight is in the law of the Lord? The man that is blessed who is not doing all these things. His desire, his purpose, his pleasure is in the law of the Lord and in his (the Lord’s) law he meditates (murmurs, ponders, imagines, studies, speaks, talks) day (daily or in the day time) and night (at night time or figuratively – during adversity).
Now, we can see fully what is happening. Here is the man that is blessed: he doesn’t continually haunt himself in the advice of a person who is morally wrong , he doesn’t stand firm in the mode of action of one who is accounted guilty, and he doesn’t marry himself to the dwelling place of being a mocker. No, this person’s purpose in life is in the law of the Lord and in that law he ponders when life is easy (or daytime) and when there is adversity (night time).
Have you ever watched someone go from being open and teachable to hardening themselves to what the Lord has to say? I have watched it many times in ladies I thought were my friends, in relatives and, even at times, have seen it in my own life. Verse 1 is a good example of the person who desired to serve the Lord but bit by bit followed the wrong advice and eventually ended up in the mocker’s chair. Regardless of what is going on in your life now, there is always time for repentance and a turning back to the Lord. Let us desire to meditate in the Word of God so we will be the blessed one of the Lord!