Meditate On the Word, Obey It and Succeed
“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you 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. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9
Joshua was given specific instructions by the Lord on how to be observant, focused, and watchful in every area of his life – by keeping the law, or the word of God as his priority. By meditating in the word of God, and obeying it, God promised Joshua that he would prosper him wherever he went.
This command was not only given to Joshua but it is given to every person who will believe in the only true God and take Him at His word. This book of the law, or the word of God must not depart from our hearts, our minds and our lips. We must never allow the word of God to be too far from our thought life. We must never allow the word of God to depart from our hearts, because it is by the incorruptible word that we were born again (1 Peter 1:23). It is the Word that sustains and preserves us, and it is the powerful word of God that endures forever.
God commanded Joshua to be strong and very courageous so that he would observe to do according to all the law of God. We as believers have a new covenant based on better
promises. So we never ought to lose heart or be discouraged when we obey the living word of God. Joshua was to ponder and meditate in the Word day and night, that he might understand it and have it ready in him upon all occasions. We should do the same.
Meditation is a lost art for many Christians, but the practice needs to be cultivated and educated again and again. Note that Biblical meditation is not the same as worldly meditation. Worldly meditation, based on Eastern religions, is the form in which one tries to empty the mind and find truth in one’s self. Biblical meditation on the contrary looks to the Lord for truth by meditation in His word. It is best explained by the Hebrew word for meditation: sîḥâ (Hebrew: שיחה), which means to muse, or rehearse in one’s mind.
God’s Word is generative power!
On April the 19th 1984 at 12 midnight while I was packing my bibles and concordances away after studying, I asked the Lord “What makes your word so powerful?” His answer was “It is generative power.” I had never heard of the word before, so I spent another few hours studying this word and this is what Webster’s Dictionary defines the word generative as: “Having the power or function of generating, originating, producing, or reproducing”.
I began an intensive study on the word generative and came up with this: That God’s word is productive power – producing whatever God says it will do.
Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) says “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”
In Isaiah 55:11 God promises, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”.
God has promised that He will give the desires of their heart to every person who will listen to His word, meditate in the word and apply His wonderful word. His word is literally a generator for all of your needs. All you have to do is put His word into your spirit by meditating on it. I encourage you this week to take one of your favorite verses of scripture and meditate on it for that entire day and see how much the Lord reveals to you.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Evangelist Peter Rahme