HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11
Let me copy the good example of these young disciples in Berea.
The food of my secret life is the Word of God — the wholesome and health-giving Word read with diligence and delight; its meaning inquired into; its precepts and promises committed to memory; its revelation of truth and duty and divine help brooded over, and pondered, and taken home, and made the bone and sinew and fibre of my spiritual being. I must walk and talk with God, up and down the holy Scriptures, until its wonders and glories fill my soul.
Wandering thoughts may be too often a synonym for intellectual indolence for a state of mind in which I allow the reins of thought to fall from my nerveless hands, and in which my imagination carries me wherever she will, uncurbed, unrestrained. If my meditation is of the right sort, it will be widely different. It will be active as well as passive. It will be vitalizing, concentrated, intense.
First, I must make a silence in my heart. I must commend the thousand distracting voices which call to me from without and within, to hold their peace. Then I must wait upon God, hearkening to what He says to me, receiving His word with attention and meekness and love. And I must turn it over, and reflect upon it, and look at it from every side — until I comprehend its significance for myself. There is perseverance here. There is sustained exertion.
This is what it means to search the Scriptures.
“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long!” Psalm 119:97