“The end of study is information, the end of meditation is prac-
tice, or a work upon the affections. Study is like a winter’s sun
that shineth but warmeth not ; but meditation is like blowing up
the fire, where we do not mind the blaze, but the heat.”
Meditation being thus the more practical of the two, should not be placed second
to study, but should even take precedence of it.
“In study we are rather like vintners, who take in wine to store
for sale ; in meditation, like those who buy wine for their own use
and comfort. A vintner’s cellar may be better stored than a noble
man’s. The student may have more of notion and knowledge, but
the practical Christian hath more of taste and refreshment.”
The student, therefore, is in a sad case if he go no further, for his soul
may starve, notwithstanding his stores, if he does not use them. How miserable
to die of cold while your cellar is full of coals ! To perish with hunger when
your granary is full of corn ! This is a species of suicide which many commit.
For want of due examination and meditation the precious truth of God is of no
avail ; but the blame lieth at the man’s own door because he would not consider
and turn unto the Lord. My soul, see to it that thy knowledge is well used for
thy sustenance and growth. Retire more than thou hast done and chew the cud by
meditation. Thou hast had too little of this. Be zealous, therefore, and mend
thy ways in this respect.
Charles Spurgeon, “Illustrations and Meditations”