God’s Word; Meditate On It Day & Night
The Word of God is extremely important to our daily walk with God. Our daily schedules get filled up quick with to do items that it can be hard to squeeze in a little “God time.” I remember watching old western films growing up and wondering why we couldn’t live off the land, laid back and takin er easy. Aside from the occasional bandit, it seemed like quite the simple life. Although history has never been slow and easy like some would like to reminisce, we do live in an age where everything has to be done right here, now. God promises us good days full of life but it all depends on how much we time we spend building our relationship with Him. Consider Joshua in the old testament.
7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. 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 success.
Moses had just passed away and the Lord is anointing Joshua as the new leader of the people of Israel. In verses 1-6 God tells him of all the victories they will have and if he will be courageous, Joshua would lead the people to take over the land promised to them. These are no small feats as he and Caleb have already scouted the land and have seen many people and tribes with men like giants. An almost impossible task for a group of wilderness wandering tent folk.
In verse 7 God lays out one condition to Joshua in order for his campaign to be successful. “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” Follow the law, not turning from it at all, and you will be prosperous. Of course we are talking about the Law given to Moses that was laid out in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers for the people of Israel to follow and find favor in the Lord. There were a lot of commandments given and Jews today still follow much of the Old Testament law. Joshua had a big task ahead of him, yet the even bigger task was to abide by God’s law.
Verse 8 tells us how God expected Joshua not to stray from the left or the right of the law. “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…” He was not to let the book of the law depart from his mouth. Speaking the law to the people and making it the underlying factor for every decision. Secondly, by meditating on it day and night, Joshua was to continually be thinking about it. Learning, pondering, considering its weightiness. By doing these things God would be faithful and Joshua would fulfill everything promised and the people of Israel would prosper in the land.
The same principles apply to us today. Christ said that not even a “jot or tittle” of the law will pass away before He comes back. He foretold of the Holy Spirit who would inspire the apostles to write the completion of scripture, that told what Christ taught and was an encouragement to the church. All of the Bible either points forward to Christ or backwards to Christ. His first coming or His triumphant return. The point of the Old Testament Law was to give righteousness through adherence to the Law and exemplify the sacrifice and the coming of Christ on the cross. We no longer follow the Law of Moses as a means of righteousness ,“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)” and,”from His fullness we have received grace upon grace (John 1:15).” However the Law was the Word of the Lord for directing His people and today we have the complete canon of scripture to give us guidance in our walk with Him. By speaking the scriptures, not straying from their statutes, and meditating on them day and night, we will prosper in the Lord and effectively do His will as He directs our lives. Peace be with you and guard your time with God closely and do not forget to study His Word.