Devotions By Jan

Yoga

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Scripture for Today:  Psalm 48:9  “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on Your unfailing love.”

Yoga has become more and more popular in Western cultures.  It has been around for centuries, originating in India.  The word, “yoga” comes from one of two roots meaning either “yoke” or “to concentrate.”

There have been many testimonials to the health benefits of the physical poses used in yoga.  It is said to alleviate different health problems, reduce stress, keep the spine supple, and improve breath control and core strength.  I have learned that there are different kinds of yoga.  But their goals are the same; to use physical, mental, and spiritual practices with the goal of attaining a state of permanent peace.

When one adopts the yoga philosophies of chanting and meditation to attain peace, it is at best short-lived.  Peace with God and peace with others comes from One source; the Prince of Peace.   He has promised His peace to us and it is not the peace offered by the world.

Rather than meditating on the sound of the “om” vibrating through the body, our verse for today gives a much more meaningful subject.  We are to meditate on God’s unfailing love.  It is an amazing truth worthy of meditation!  To even grasp the incredible idea that He could love me takes some serious contemplation!  It takes time to wrap my head around a love for me that is eternal and unconditional!

Thinking about His unfailing love for me gives me that elusive peace for which so many long.  When I meditate on how much He loves me, I am reassured that He cares about every little detail!   Mountains can shake and hills be removed, but His unfailing love will never be shaken or His peace ever removed! (Isaiah 54:10)   Lord, I can never thank You enough!

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