|Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:00 AM|
This Friday, we've been given Joshua 1:8-9 to write on.
Shall we dig in?
I love the way that the Message Version puts verse 8:
And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed.
According to this verse, we should always have God's Word on the brain. We should be pondering and meditating on it 24/7.
Now, let's get this clear. When the Bible speaks about meditation, it is not referring to: sitting on a floor, crossing your legs, closing your eyes, clearing your brain and chanting "Umm".
Meditation on the Word means focusing on it, digging into it, thinking about it constantly and letting it become a part of your thoughts and actions.
We are to meditate, not deviate.
We don't try to correct the Word or twist it around to suit our needs. We do not change the Word of God, we allow the Word to change us.
Every day, many even more than once a day, we should not only be praying but reading His Word and getting to know it so well. It should become a routine - but not mundane.
Routine - regular, unvarying, habitual; this should be a regular part of our life that does not vary. This is something that we take seriously and are vigilant about.
Mundane - common; ordinary; banal.
The Word of God should never be mundane to us.
That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.
7-9 The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes.
God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree. (Psalm 19:6-9 MSG)
Hebrews 4:12 describes the Word like this:
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (NLT)
This is what the Word is, and yet it is easy to make reading the Bible so routine that we lose our respect for it. We don't feel that awe anymore when we read His word. It may soon become common or ordinary - and that is dangerous.
When we become apathetic to His Word, we can become apathetic to His grace, to His love for us and to the Gospel.
God is supernatural, His every being defies the "ordinary" or the "norm", so let's not put Him or His word in those boxes. If you feel that sometimes, you may be doing this (I've been there, it happens) ...
Pray for His fire to be kindled within you.
Pray for more passion for His word.
Pray for Him to teach you new things.
He's our father and loves to help us!
And now that we're meditating on His word, we must obey it. James says it best in these verses:
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. (James 1:22-25 NLT)
And then we have verse 9 (picture courtesy of She Reads Truth):
I find it so interesting that the Lord gives this command to Joshua the first time in Verse 6 after saying that He will always be with him:
5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. 6 “Be strong and courageous... (Joshua 1:5-6a NLT)
The second time after declaring the purpose that He has for Joshua:
... For you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous... (Joshua 1:6b-7 NLT)
And then now, the third time, in Verse 9 after telling Joshua to dig deep into His Word.
Each command from the Lord to be strong and courageous was preceded by His presence, His promise and His Word.
Because it is only in God and His Word that we can find strength and courage.
Psalm 71:7 - My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.
Isaiah 40:29 - He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Philippians 4:13 - For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
We have nothing, no strength or courage until we connect to our source: Him. And when know how to wield our source: His Word.
17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)
I remember when I was 9 years old, we were learning about Medieval Times and we made wooden swords. We sawed the pieces needed, put them together and sanded the rough edges down to perfect smoothness. And then we trained with them. We practiced every day with our swords learning attacks and defensive maneuvers. We even did push ups with our swords (oh the days when I could do so many at once!). Our swords became familiar to us, like extensions of our arms. And in this process, we grew stronger with our swords. We could walk into a duel without fear because we were confident with what we trained with.
I believe that this is why we are told to know the Word so well in verse 8. In leaning on His word and His truth (on Him), we can be strong and exhibit courage (the ability to walk into a difficult situation without fear).
Unlike the Israelites, we are not planning on entering enemy territory to take the land that God has promised us.
We are way worse off.
We are living in enemy territory every day. And we will be here until we can go home to Heaven. (oh! I can't wait!)
We are constantly in spiritual warfare ... we need to know our sword.
God + His Word = Everything that we need (love, joy, peace, strength, and courage) so let's #StartMeditating.