|SCRIPTURE: “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.|
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:7-8 NIV)
What made this immense task more difficult for Joshua was that Canaan was not a vacant piece of land. It was already inhabited by numerous tribes and kingdoms that were very hostile and strong.
We will notice that the Word of God is represented in these 2 verses by the word ‘Law.’ This refers to the first five books of the Bible. It was the only portion of the Bible in existence then. And Joshua was given three steps to take regarding the Law that God had given.
1. Joshua was told to be strong, very courageous, and obey all the laws Moses gave him, do according to all that is in it.
2. Joshua is told not to turn from the Word to the right hand or to the left. This gives us another picture, that of a going on a defined path, and being careful to keep himself from deviating from it. So Joshua was to function not only as a guard to ensure that God’s Word was always obeyed, but also to stay always on the right path of God’s Word.
3. Joshua was to meditate on the Word of God day and night, and this means that he would have to focus his thoughts on portions of Scripture, ponder over them, and reflect on them until he understood them and how they are to be applied in his own life.
As believers, the same thing must apply to us. If we want to live successfully as Christian, and to prosper in everything that God has given us to do, we cannot do it without taking pains to learn all that is written in the Bible and faithfully apply to them. This is the secret of having good success. There is really no substitute for this, there is no other way or method, or formula for success
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
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“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” – Hebrews 4: 12 (NLT)