“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. “- Joshua 1:8
The inherent Word of God is helpful in all situations and amidst all circumstances. However, simply reading the Word is not what God commands us to do. He commands us to meditate on it.
There are so many encouraging verses in the first chapter of Joshua about courage, bravery, and God’s faithfulness. But the verse that stood out to me is verse 8, where God tells Joshua to not let the Law of God depart from him and to meditate on it. This is very convicting to me. Though I am in the Word daily, it is very easy for me to read scripture and then move on to the rest of the items on my To-Do List. It’s become a habit and if you asked me an hour later what I have been learning in my quiet times, it would be hard for me to remember. When in school, if you have ever crammed for a test, you remember what you studied just long enough to put it on paper and then it’s gone. Just like a test, if we cram through the Bible, God’s truth will quickly depart from us. God calls us to meditate so that we can truly absorb what He is trying to teach us. In Psalm 1:1-3, David writes “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” The key here is meditation. And not the Buddhist/yoga meditation you hear about, but taking time to really think and consider what God is saying and how you can apply it to your life. It’s amazing that when you start to meditate on scripture, you will find that verses will pop up when you need them the most. Making Christ-focused decisions become easier because God’s word is written on your heart, not just in the mind. So, I encourage you to pick a passage of the Bible to read today and really meditate on it. You may be surprised by what God teaches you.