Are to Take Time To Think About God
still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will
be exalted in the earth. Ps. 46:10.
should . . . cultivate a love for meditation, and cherish a spirit of devotion.
Many seem to begrudge moments spent in meditation, and the searching of the
Scriptures, and prayer, as though the time thus occupied was lost. I wish
you could all view these things in the light God would have you; for you would
then make the kingdom of Heaven of the first importance. To keep your heart
in Heaven, will give vigor to all your graces, and put life into all your
duties. To discipline the mind to dwell upon heavenly things, will put life
and earnestness into all our endeavors.
Let every one who desires to be a partaker of the divine nature appreciate
the fact that he must escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.
There must be a constant, earnest struggling of the soul against the evil
imaginings of the mind. There must be a steadfast resistance of temptation
to sin in thought or act. The soul must be kept from every stain, through
faith in Him who is able to keep you from falling. We should meditate upon
the Scriptures, thinking soberly and candidly upon the things that pertain
to our eternal salvation. The infinite mercy and love of Jesus, the sacrifice
made in our behalf, call for most serious and solemn reflection. We should
dwell upon the character of our dear Redeemer and Intercessor. We should seek
to comprehend the meaning of the plan of salvation. We should meditate upon
the mission of Him who came to save His people from their sins. By constantly
contemplating heavenly themes, our faith and love will grow stronger. Our
prayers will be more and more acceptable to God, because they will be more
and more mixed with faith and love. They will be more intelligent and fervent.
When the mind is thus filled . . . the believer in Christ will be able to
bring forth good things from the treasure of the heart.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 23.