Thursday 9th May 2019
‘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. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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.
Joshua became the leader of the Israelites after the death of Moses. He had the massive task of taking the Israelites into the promised land of Canaan. He had to lead his generation and fight his mighty opponents and some of them had fortified walls.
God gives him the key to his success. He commands Joshua to be strong and very courageous and to observe the law given by God through Moses so that he will prosper. He commands that the book of law shall not depart from his mouth and to meditate on it day and night so that he will be obedient to all that is written it. He will then be prosperous and have good success.
It may sound surprising that God did not ask Joshua to train hard in the art of warfare because of the very strong and formidable opponents, but instead commanded them to meditate on his word so that they observe his commandments. God was asking them to be obedient to him and trust in him for their success and not their own strength
Joshua did not only need to read God’s word. It had to be on his lips (keep this Book of the Law always on your lips), in his mind (meditate on it day and night), and he had to do it (be careful to do everything written in it).
King David also writes in Psalm 1:1-3 that the righteous man’s delight is in meditating on the word of God (Bible) day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the riverside which does not need to depend on the rain but gets its nourishment from the river throughout the year and brings forth its fruit in season.
The Bible teaches us to meditate on God’s word. Meditation on God’s word (Bible) changes our thinking. It’s right thinking, right believing, and right speaking (confession), that will lead us into victory in our lives. It is not enough just to read the word of God but we need to meditate on it day and night.
The question for us today is “Are we meditating on the word of God so that we may become obedient children of God?”
Shall we ask God to give us more grace to meditate on his word?
Sampson Dasari (Sawyers Church Ministry Team)