"But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.”
Bad habits are hard to break. We're full of them, sometimes not even realizing how detrimental they can be.
Habits are actions we do repeatedly, sometimes without even thinking about them, or things we have done so often that they become our natural responses to certain situations. There are at least 34 references in the Bible for the word habitually. This tells us that God expects us to form great habits. The psalmist David said the man who wants to prosper and succeed needs to habitually ponder and meditate on God's word by day and by night as seen from the above verse. This tells all of us that establishing the habits necessary for success takes discipline and consistency, especially in our thoughts. With enough discipline and consistency, we can break bad habits and form new ones.
That doesn't make it easy. Let's say you break up with your boyfriend who is not a good match for you. That doesn't mean you're not going to miss him. We can miss someone even if they were detrimental to our lives. We'll feel lonely for awhile and tempted to regain what we lost. But, if we remain firm and wade through the storm, we will eventually get over him. Then we'll have an opportunity to meet someone who is truly right for us.
In the same instance, if we break a bad habit we might miss it for awhile. Expect that. We may be tempted to revert back to our old ways. This is the time to set your mind right and keep it set in the new directions no matter how you feel. You definitely don't want to remain in bondage to that old way of life. If so, you'll miss the good things God has planned for you.
Doing the right thing once in awhile is not what we're talking about here. Getting rid of an old patterns is. Take stock in your habits this week. Notice each day what you are doing subconsciously. Is it taking you in a positive direction? If not break it.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "break bad habits this week."
Help me to realize that bad habits hold me back from what is rightfully mine.
Teach me to pray to Christ for help in this.
Remind me that there is more to life than what I think.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.