Posted by: missionventureministries | July 14, 2010

God’s Promises – Joshua 1:7-8

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

God gave Moses a clear command and what promise could be better than the promise He attached to it? “Meditate on [the book of the Law]…day and night… then you will be prosperous and successful”.

There is a key phrase in this passage. “Meditate …so that you may be careful to do everything written in it then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua. 1:7-8).

It is not the simple process of meditation that God affixes His promise to, but to the process of considering it so we can continually live by its words.

Meditation in Biblical terms comes from a Greek word meaning to revolve in the mind. In meditation we go over the Word in our minds questioning “What does this mean?” We ask the leading of the Holy Spirit and as a result, we gain a fresh understanding. In times past the early saints made much time for solitude accompanied by godly meditation. What were the results? “They were deep thinkers; we are imitators.” Even our Bible study may have us merely thinking thoughts from others rather than hearing from God.

Our meditation should involve taking in the bread of God’s Word, “focusing” on it by reading and thinking about it. As the day goes on, we reflect on it some more. As we meditate, the Word becomes so pleasant that we fully agree with the psalmist, “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (Psalm 119:72). “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” (Psalm 119:97)

Dear Lord, I want to meditate on Your Word until it becomes a part of who I am.

“Oh the joys of those who…delight in doing everything the Lord wants. Day and night they think about his law” (Psalm 1:1-2).

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