God commands us to meditate on His Word. The Hebrew word translated into English as "meditate" literally means "chew the cud." This notion may not be appetizing to you, but if you were a cow, you would feel very differently. When a cow wakes up, she soon starts thinking about having some breakfast. Some fresh grass perhaps? Delicious! About an hour and a half later, she muses about how good breakfast was, and she decides to eat it again. She regurgitates the grass and chews it a second time. Mmmm. Itís just as good the second time around. About an hour later, she gets that look in her eyes and thinks, One more time! She regurgitates the grass and chews it a third time.

Only after she eats the food three times is her body able to digest it. If she eats it just once, the grass will just pass on through. After three times, her body will be nourished. The food actually becomes part of her. This is what God wants to happen to His Word. The Word became flesh when Jesus took on a human body. The Word becomes flesh in us when we meditate on the Word of God.

God may show us something wonderful from His Word, but if we only eat it once, it will do us little or no good at all. Thatís why itís so important for us to keep a journal of the things God shows us. Whenever God speaks to us (be it in our own devotions or during a message at church or wherever), we need to write it down! We need to meditate on those things, to ponder them, to mull them over, to "chew the cud." It is through this meditation process that we become strong on the inside.

If our times studying the Bible ever become dry, having a journal to review can help us escape the dryness. The journal is filled with treasure.

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16).

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; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 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 (Psalms 1:2-3).

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success (Joshua 1:8).

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