Both people who have the gift of speaking in tongues and those who do not have ask about speaking in tongues and meditation.
It is hard to differentiate between the two. Other people ask if at all the two can be differentiated. In this article, I will explain meditation and speaking in tongues to help you understand.
I’ll explain from both the Christian view and the general view because I love justice.
Meditation is more than Speaking in Tongues
Meditation is wider than speaking in tongues in the sense that many activities can be done in the name of meditation. And to make things clear, when I talk about meditation I mean the general act of focusing your mind on something.
Meditation is both spiritual and physical. The Bible asks us to meditate on the word of God day and night because there are many things we can meditate upon.
When the Bible asks us to meditate on the word of God day and night it does not necessarily forbid us from meditating on other things. God knows that we need to meditate on other things as well.
The point that God wants us to get is that we are supposed to meditate on His word more than anything else.
In today’s society, meditation has been turned into a cult of some sort. The problem is not meditation but rather what people are meditating on.
When you spend two hours of your day occupying your mind with philosophies of men, you will reap what philosophies of men have to offer. If you spend two hours meditating on the word of God, you will get what the word of God offers.
Speaking in tongues is one of the activities that we can do when meditating on the word of God. When you speak in tongues, God reveals mysteries to you. While speaking in tongues, since your mind is idle, you are supposed to occupy it with the word of God.
That is how you speak in tongues when meditating on the word of God.
Meditation is wider than speaking in tongues because you can still meditate on the word of God when doing other things.
Meditation and Glossolalia
I understand there are some people who practice meditation and speaking in tongues but they are not believers in Jesus. Usually, they refer to speaking in tongues as glossolalia.
It is important to note that speaking in tongues is only speaking in tongues if the words being spoken are inspired by the Spirit of God.
Anyone can compose syllables that resemble speaking in tongues but the power of the Holy Spirit cannot be faked.
There is no point of speaking in tongues when meditating without the power of the Holy Spirit. God, who is the creator of all men, designed meditation and speaking in tongues to edify us.
Trying to twist God’s design will only prove your foolishness.
I speak in tongues and I had never been interested in learning meditation. I simply loved God, read the Bible and asked for the gift of speaking in tongues.
As I grew in the knowledge of God and the gift of speaking in tongues, I began experiencing great peace. That is when I learned that what I was doing was what God intended when He designed meditation.
Some believers say meditation is wrong and they are not far from the truth. However, the right thing is to meditate on the word of God because that is the only meditation that gives you peace.
Meditating on other things only gives a false sense of peace. I say this because I have experienced it first-hand.
Jesus is the prince of peace and peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Without Jesus and the Holy Spirit, whatever you call peace is just but an advanced scheme of deception.
I tried following human philosophies and they made me terrible. I wanted to convince myself that I was becoming better but I knew I would be a liar. I was honest and God helped me experience the real peace.
Speaking in Tongues during Meditation
I only plan for sessions of speaking in tongues which naturally are also sessions of meditation. The right approach is to front speaking in tongues and let meditation follow.
Remember that speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit but meditation is a human act. If you want meditation to yield peace (Which is the whole point of meditation), plan on reading the word of God and speaking in tongues.
When you read the word of God, it is automatically meditation. When you speak in tongues, it will automatically bring you peace. And both these actions are part of meditation.
The Bible tells us that whoever speaks in tongues edifies himself. The result of speaking in tongues is what those who engage in meditation seek but never find.
In other words, speaking in tongues is God’s idea of meditation while meditation is man’s idea of meditation. I hope you get the point.
Is Speaking in Tongues a Form of Meditation?
Speaking in tongues is the form of meditation that God designed together with listening to His word.
Speaking in tongues without the power of the Holy Spirit will not yield the intended results that God had in mind when He designed meditation out of His love for us.
Even though speaking in tongues is a form of meditation, I want you to focus on speaking in tongues rather than meditation.
It is like riding a bicycle; you focus on where you are going more than balancing. Balance comes when you are in motion. The result of speaking in tongues is what meditation offers but focusing on meditation won’t yield that result.
Meditation and Speaking in Tongues Conclusion
To make matters simple, omit meditation and leave only speaking in tongues. And by speaking in tongues I am referring to the gift that the Holy Spirit gives not just anyone uttering empty syllables.
You may want to discredit what I am saying but I am only a reporter of the truth. Eventually, you will realize that achieving the goal of meditation is only possible through reading the word of God and speaking in tongues.
Humble yourself and walk in truth. It is easier and yields better returns.