Meditate On It
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
According To All That Is Written
Moses was dead and Joshua was the one chosen to lead the people of Israel. He was chosen and appointed by God to lead the people into the Promise Land. In Joshua Chapter 1 God had some specific words of encouragement and commitment for the new leader. Even though Joshua was chosen by God he still had to gain the respect of the people and he did so by the grace fo God.
God’s message to Joshua was to be strong and courageous. Three times in the first nine verses God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. He did so to let Joshua know that he was going to face some uncertain days ahead that will be determined by his faith and by his determination of moving forward with faithfulness. It takes strength to be faithful when times get tough. It takes courage to keep your faith when everything else seems to be collapsing. But take note of the specific condition that God lays before Joshua. He tells Joshua that as long as he meditates on the Law (the first five books of the Bible) then he would have great success and be prosperous in his ways. The promise of God was conditional upon Joshua keeping his part.
This same promise is for us today. We need to meditate upon the Scriptures of God and not let them leave our mouth nor our mind. Meditating upon the Scripture allows our heart to be in alignment with the will of God. When our heart and mind are right with God then our actions and our decisions will reflect the things of God. That is how we can be assured that we will be blessed by God.
Lord, allow me to know your Word by heart. Help me to be rooted and sustained by your precepts.