See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. I John 3:1
In many cultures, and perhaps in one where you grew up, children were to be seen and not heard. Their value was less than the adults in the group. Not so in God’s kingdom. He tells all adults, even highly educated ones, that they should become as children. The child is definitely the biblical role model in scripture. Jesus referred to us as His children. How humbling. Children need guidance and instruction in wisdom. Children need role models. God offers all that in Himself as our Father. The only way for me to mature from a baby child in the kingdom to a mature one is to live in my Father’s Word and ingest it on every level.
That being said, the 1st way to live as a daughter of promise is to meditate. Many Christians believe that meditation is synonymous with ‘new age’. It is not. It originated with God and it is His concept. Satan hijacked it. Meditation is a practice where scripture simmers constantly in my thoughts. If I am out for a walk, having lunch with a friend, sitting at my desk working, or straightening up my family room, thoughts of scripture co-exist with living.
Meditation is Father/Daughter time. It’s about being close, bonding, listening, feeling and thinking. The Hebrew word for meditate is ‘hagah’ which means to savor slowly. “Taste (hagah) and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8 To savor a bite of food means that it sits on my tongue and I chew it slowly. I engage with the taste of it in every way possible before swallowing. Jeremiah said, “Your words were found and I ate them; and they were the joy and rejoicing of my heart.” Jeremiah 15:16
As God’s child, I must learn to think in whole new ways, ways that are opposite to how I currently think. My Father, through scripture, must redefine my perception of everything. God must fashion a whole new mindset in me since the philosophy of this world is not of heaven.
In scripture, God tells me the way things work. He tells me who He is, who I am, the way the world works, and the way the kingdom operates. Doesn’t this sound like basic instruction between a parent and a toddler? We begin teaching our baby how to recognize mama and dada. God tells us after adoption that He is our Abba. (Daddy)
In the messiness of life, meditation is imperative. When I feel abandoned by God, meditation has me focus on His faithfulness. When I fear He hasn’t heard my prayers, meditation zeroes in on His promises to answer prayer. When my feelings trip me up, meditation reorders my thoughts.
As human parents, we don’t hand our small children a textbook to learn life. That would be tragically impersonal and disastrous. Instead, we offer them relationship and a learning environment within the context of a loving relationship. As God’s child, why would I think that studying scripture as God’s textbook would shape me in any significant way? God, also, desires to parent me in the context of a tender relationship. He whispers in my ear through meditation.