Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you[a] shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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.
When Moses dies and Joshua is tasked with the responsibility of leading the children of Israel into the promised land, God speaks to him and gives him what I call Gods success formula.
We have talked about the book of the law and the power of our words, now today we look at the power of meditation. God tells Joshua that he is to meditate on what he reads from the book of the law day and night, meaning he should never stop.
To meditate is to ponder about something, it is to think deeply and to imagine. It is also to mutter to yourself what you are thinking about. There is a famous quote that says; “You are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are!” Basically, what this means is that whatever occupies your mind, whatever you meditate on, that is what you will become. What you meditate on ultimately becomes the software that runs your life.
This is the same admonition Paul give us in the book of Philippians.
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Remember as well that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks! If we are to succeed Gods way, we must get to the place where we become obsessed with his word. It must be what comes out of our lips when we speak because we are thinking and pondering on it day and night.
Many of us read the word and then we set it aside, we don’t think about it, we read it to fulfill a duty and thus we do not get much out of it. We are to read it and think about it, what is it saying? What does it mean to me? What is God saying to me? How am I supposed to apply it in my life? Is it revealing a sin I need to repent of? Is it revealing a promise I need to claim? Is it revealing a truth I need to grow into? It is when we meditate on the word, that the Holy Spirit speaks to us and teaches us, it is then also that our minds are renewed and we are transformed!
How often do you meditate on God’s word?
What you meditate on is what you become, Who are you becoming?
What do you need to do to ensure that you meditate on Gods word Day and Night?