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Meditation and Speculation

 

Speculation can be a healthy part of meditation. In fact, it can sometimes be hard to meditate deeply without speculating. Any meditation or speculation is proper as long as it is based upon love and not greed.

According to THE RANDOM HOUSE DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (Second Edition Unabridged), "speculate" is defined as "1. to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often fol. by on, upon, or a clause).  2. to indulge in conjectural thought. // The definition of "speculation" is given as: "1. the contemplation or consideration of some subject: to engage in speculation on humanity's ultimate destiny."

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of him, and he himself will make your paths straight"

  1.  The bible is always correct and should be the first and only thing to look toward as being the word of Jehovah. The inspired scriptures can "explain themselves" by diligent study - this is part of the seeking the righteousness of Jehovah (Psalms 14:2-3 below) It is important to keep in mind the time of this writing of this proverb. What did the average Israelite have to instruct them? They most likely only had the word of God and not some other scrolls "of human wisdom" to help them explain it. So with that in mind, it can be safely said that Jehovah provided the scriptures to be understood to the extent that he would allow and he encouraged his people to be taught by them. The sayings of Jehovah is "the pure language".

Psalms 14:2-3 "As for Jehovah, he has looked down from heaven itself upon the sons of men, to see whether there exists anyone having insight, anyone seeking Jehovah. They have all turned aside, they are [all] alike corrupt; There is no one doing good, Not even one."

  1.  Although I believe this prophesy is for our day (see Elijah), notice the factual saying that those truly seeking Jehovah will have true insight. There are certainly different levels of "insight" ranging from man's insight to Jehovah's insight.
  2. To seek Jehovah's insight, we need to test our beliefs and way of life upon his word and rely on that above all else. See Daniel 11 comments (verses 33-35).

Proverbs 18:15 "The heart of the understanding one acquires knowledge, and the ear of wise ones seeks to find knowledge"

2 Corinthians 1:9 "In fact, we felt within ourselves that we had received the sentence of death. This was that we might have our trust, not in ourselves, but in the God who raises up the dead."

  1.  We need to make sure we have full and exclusive trust in God's word and not be afraid to test a man's word against it.

Jeremiah 17:5-8 "This is what Jehovah has said: "Cursed is the able-bodied man who puts his trust in earthling man and actually makes flesh his arm, and whose heart turns away from Jehovah himself. And he will certainly become like a solitary tree in the desert plain and will not see when good comes; but he must reside in parched places in the wilderness, in a salt country that is not inhabited. Blessed is the able bodied man who puts his trust in Jehovah, and whose confidence Jehovah has become. And he will certainly become like a tree planted by the waters, that sends out its roots right by the watercourse; and he will not see when heat comes, but his foliage will actually prove to be luxuriant. And in the year of drought he will not become anxious, nor will he leave off from producing fruit"

  1.  See Malachi 3:6 Elijah comments

 

 

   
  Copyright 2017; Dale Arthur Beckman, Jr.; All rights reserved. -  *Most scriptures quoted are from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Reference Edition 1984) unless otherwise noted and have been copied by hand and yet need proof-reading. See my channel on Youtube.com for some of the latest information and have a great day :)