The Need to Concentrate
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.Psalm 1:2
The definition of concentrate is to focus one’s attention or mental effort on a particular object or activity. How can we learn or have peace without the ability to concentrate? The ability to concentrate aids us in listening and in choosing our words wisely. Scripture tells us to meditate on the Word which means to think deeply for full understanding.
When we read the Word it’s important to think about what we are reading, think deeply, ask ourselves questions and pray for understanding. The more we focus on the reading the more likely it will be retained in long-term memory. If we just casually read the verses with no self discussion, we will most likely forget what we have read.
When we concentrate, we are focusing on God and his ways. This can enable us to be still inside and closer to the Spirit. Concentration helps to control our thoughts because it pushes aside distractions. If our concentration includes other thoughts, then it is not concentration. It often takes practice to learn this because Satan is using the world to kill our concentration. Walking with the Lord is concentration on him and Satan knows if he can kill our concentration he is slowly separating us from the Lord. Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Being still inside requires the ability to concentrate.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19) Being quick to listen and slow to speak in all situations is advantageous to us, enabling us to live in Godly wisdom. This gives us the ability to think and concentrate on a Godly response in our conversations.
Today, seek to slow down and be still inside, concentrating in communion with the Lord. Note how much more relaxing the day can be when you have the ability to concentrate on the Lord, his love and his presence with you. Escape the world by concentrating on the Lord and his Word. Especially when Satan puts fearful, troublesome thoughts in your mind.
Let’s pray: Lord, help me to concentrate on you today and to control my thoughts. Help me to think on things above when things of this world weigh heavily on my mind. Lead me to give my burdens to you as you guide me as your servant. In Jesus’ name, Amen.