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
God called Joshua to have faith in and obedience to the instruction in His Word - be careful to do according to all that is written in it. He gave us His Word so that they would know how to live and live well.
But, as we know the stories, Israel was a stiff-necked people who rebelled at every opportunity. They grumbled at His provision and offended God and His Word with their sinful idolatry. This was no surprise to Him, though. He knows our hearts are prone to wander, and so He gives us this warning. We are to remain in His Word, meditating on it night and day, being careful to do what is in it.
The key to our future and our hope can be found when we are obedient to His instruction in His Word. And we can't be obedient unless we're in His word night and day. It is when we pour over His Word that His truths are revealed to us and our eyes are opened. It is in those quiet moments with Him and His Words that we glimpse His plan for us, and we learn to lay down our plan. While we do get some instruction when we sit in church or listen to the message, and we can get challenged in our obedience when applying the message in our small group, it is only in our quiet times with Him and His Word that He can reveal to us specifically where our hearts are not obedient.
Our hearts are prone to trust other gods, and we often go looking for security and protection in those things - people, treasures, accomplishments, children, etc. But in this passage, God has called Israel - and us - to seek and obey Him. He is all-wise, all-knowing, and all-loving. He knows what is best for us. And he wants to lead us if we're willing to get alone with Him and get into His Word.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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