Have you ever read something just to, well, get through it? No doubt, this is the plight of students everywhere. "Just gotta get through this... just gotta get through... ." It could be an assignment for school or work, or even an article or a book a friend recommended and you feel obligated to "read" it. The pile of books and magazines to read is ever growing. Add blogs to that, if you happen to be a blog reader (and I say thankya).
What about the Bible? Ever read it just to get through and check it off your list of... whatever list it is you have for yourself? (Yeah, I know. There are a ton of issues with this attitude, but I don't want to address them here and now.)
Often times, we approach texts the wrong way. We seek to plow through but the texts never get through to us. This is especially true of the Scriptures. There are loads of books out there that speak to us, but the Bible is a book that speaks to us and reads us. It's not always a pleasant thing being read, but we so desperately need a good reading and often.
Hence the need for meditation on the Bible. It is food for the soul and we need it to get into us. To get through us. As Mark Batterson puts it in his book Primal, "If the goal of reading is to get through the Bible, the goal of meditation is to get the Bible through us." This getting the Bible through us takes time and effort. But the work is good and the results are healthful.
I've often read the Bible like it was some sort of cadaver to be dissected and analyzed and pulled apart so I could argue it, often against other Christians, sad to say. What I need is a dissecting myself, that I might see and, perhaps, show others that they too might see and savor the glory of God (Piper-influence phrase, I admit).
Steve Schlissel says it well: "The word of God is a living and active sword, not a cadaver awaiting dissection." May you and I be dissected today, that we might be healthier tomorrow.