Scripture Reading:  Joshua 1:1-9

“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)

All of us want to be successful in life.  But most people don’t know what real success is and how to get it.  They have misplaced goals; they chase after the idols of their hearts; they waste most of their lives in the search for significance — they want to be noticed — and in the pursuit of worldly passions — “the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions” (I John 2:16).  Unfortunately these things are also true of some believers.  They fail to know what real success is.  Real success is knowing and serving our Lord Jesus Christ.

God tells us how to become prosperous and successful.  The key is found in His Word.  To be successful as believers, we must live our lives in line with the truth of the gospel.  In order to do this, we must read, meditate and obey what God says in the Scriptures.  We must know God’s Word.  We do so by reading and studying it.  As we do, God’s Word begins to conform our thoughts to His thoughts.

God’s Word shall not depart from our mouths.  We must talk about it to ourselves and to others. (We grow most when we are in community with other believers with whom we can work out the implications of the gospel.)  We must apply its truths daily.  We must work out daily what the Scriptures teach.  We must be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22).

God tells us to meditate on His Word day and night.  Meditation is the prayerful reflection upon God’s Word, with a view to understand and to apply its truths.  Meditation is a step beyond mere knowledge of Scripture.  It implies reasoning over the Word, deducing truth from it.  The goal of meditation is application.  Deep, genuine and persistent meditation on the Word of God brings transformation as the Spirit illuminates our hearts and minds and empowers us to action.

God says when we meditate upon His Word, our way will be prosperous and we will have good success.  While devotional books, commentaries and other tools are helpful, they are not to be substituted for reading and meditation upon the Bible itself.  The Psalmist says, “I will meditate on Your precepts and fix my eyes on Your ways.  I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word” (Psalm 119:15,16).

Lord God, thank You for giving me Your Word.  Let me long to know it and to meditate upon it.  May Your Spirit illuminate my mind and heart as I read and study it.  Give me the desire and the ability to follow its teachings.  Thank You Jesus that You are the living Word who indwells me.  Let me yield my life to Yours.


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