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
We are not only to meditate on His Word, but we are to be careful to do according to all that is written in it. It goes without saying that in order to be able to do ALL that is written in it, we need to spend quite a bit of time in it and processing or applying it to our lives - this is why He tells Joshua that His Word should be on His lips and He should meditate on it. But once we know it, we have to be careful to do it.
We've studied scripture that has told us to trust in God, to not be afraid, to not be anxious, to be strong and courageous, to not have any idols before Him, to not get angry, to be gentle, peaceful, to exercise self-control, to love our enemies, to be in the scripture daily and to meditate on His Word....these are just some of the things we must be careful to do. When we fail at doing these things He calls us to do, we are to confess our sins to Him. When we have a spirit of fear, when we are anxious, when we don't trust in Him, when we get angry, when we've placed other things over spending time in His Word, we need to get on our knees and confess our sin to Him.
It didn't occur to me years ago to confess some of these things to Him - I didn't think it was sinful not to get in the Word daily, I just thought it would make my life better if I did. I didn't see it as placing idols before my God, but it is. Whatever we are choosing to do over getting into His Word is an idol. Our sleep, our children, our busyness - all idols in my life at one point or another. Interestingly - I was caught in a sin-confess cycle over some of the other issues I struggled with in my life, such as patience. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get ahead of that sin. Until I realized it was all tied together - I wasn't getting into the Word daily, so His Word could permeate my heart and truly change me. I wasn't confessing the sin not placing Him first by getting into His Word daily.
We want change in our lives, we want victory over sin and in challenging trials, yet we struggle to truly put Him first with our time. Being in the Word daily - without exception - and meditating on it IS how we can be careful to do what is written in it. If we're not, then we can't.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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