If the value of God’s Word is growing in our hearts, there should be no problem spending time with the Lord in His Word listening to what He wants to say to us through it. “The most important thing we can do is something we all can do – spend time with Christ in the Word and in prayer, which is a joyful privilege.” Let God’s Word reinforce the importance of this activity that will bring the greatest joy and the richest enlightenment.
· Joshua 1:8 - “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).
Notice that there are three elements to God’s instructions to Joshua:
1. The word “meditate” means to “keep thinking about [so we will] continue to do”. This is a daily practice. (See James 1:22).
2. Obedience is a thoughtful, “careful” reflection that brings understanding given us by the Holy Spirit (See John 14:26).
3. God’s promise to Joshua that he would be “prosperous” and “successful” if he ‘did according to all that is written’. This “success” is not measured by us or by the world, but by God. In the eyes of the world, those listed in Hebrews 11 were a total failure, but in the eyes of God they were heroes of faith.
We will look at other Scriptures in the days ahead along with a report from the mission field. Let me just add one more verse that should bring insight and motivation to this subject. “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16). Joy and delight do not come to our hearts until we have first taken the Word into our minds and hearts.
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