February 09, 2023 · Bob Gass
“You shall meditate on it day and night.” Joshua 1:8 NAS
Bible meditation has fallen out of favour. Why? Because we live in an instantaneous society, a preoccupied society. We have so much stuff coming at us from TV, cell phones, email, texts, snail mail, satellite links, cable news feeds, and podcasts that we hardly have a moment to react—much less reflect. Get real! You can’t “download” spiritual maturity by hitting a few keys on a computer. That’s why the scriptures speak so often about meditation. God, the author of the Bible, gave Joshua the formula for succeeding in your career and prospering in whatever you put your hand to: “This Book of the law shall not depart from your mouth [speak the scriptures every chance you get], but you shall meditate on it [when?] day and night, so that you may be careful to do [not just know, but do!] according to all [you can’t pick and choose] that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (v. 8 NAS). Note the words “you will make.” To succeed in life, you must do something. Do what? Meditate in God’s Word! How often? “Day and night.” So what portion of scripture were you thinking about this morning as you started your day? Or while driving to and from work? For that matter, when was the last time you consciously reflected on any Bible truth or principle? If you can’t remember, start making some changes right away. Paul told Timothy: “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15 NKJV). And that’s still the rule!
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