Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on 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”
Growing in the Lord only comes from seeking Him daily, and feeding on his word. Saying you want to grow and be blessed is easy, but if you do not do what it takes to generate this growth, then do not be surprised if the enemy defeats you. Hibernating animals feed, while gathering and storing food for winter months because they will be incapable of leaving their dens during the season. Prior to the winter, these animals gather and store enough food to take them through the cold season. As believers, we also ought to do the same—eat the word, while gathering and storing enough for the challenging and harsh seasons. When those seasons come, and they will, we will be able to pull verses we learnt and stored in good times, and apply them in difficult situations.
When Moses passed away, the Lord made Joshua the new leader of his people. Compared to his predecessor, God gave him different instructions, and adhering to each of them would make him prosperous and successful. “Meditate on it day and night, and not only that, but put its contents to practice.” These instructions were clear and concise. The journey ahead was in no way destined to be a smooth one, so as God’s appointed leader, Joshua needed to prepare himself and the people. “The word is not effective when it’s heard or read, it’s effective when it’s utilized.” James validates this point in James 1:22, when he says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” There are many times we hear the word, and even allude to its power. The question we must all ask our selves is this, “are we doers of the word, and are we practicing what we have studied?” Sometimes the word is placed in our lives to test our faith, especially during those wilderness-like experiences. It’s during those times that we should remember where we stored the word, and pull from it to get us through any kind of challenge. Several men in the Bible encourage us to be in the word:
- Peter says, “DESIRE” God’s word. 1 Peter 2:2-3 says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” I pray daily for a hunger and desire for God’s word: it doesn’t naturally come to me.
- Job says, “TREASURE” God’s word. Job 23:12 says, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.” Of all books, which one do you treasure most? Would you treasure it more than gold, silver, and other things?
- Paul says, “STUDY” God’s word. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” In a day of errors and false teaching, we should be like the Bereans, mentioned in Acts 17:11, which says, “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
- David says, “HIDE” God’s word in our hearts. In Psalm 119:11, he says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” I do not know of any other way of overcoming sin, than by hiding God’s word in my heart. The thing we feed the most, ultimately wins. If we feed our spirit, it will win. If we mostly feed our flesh, it will trump over our spirit.
We have what God recognizes as a means of blessings—His word. Do you desire his word? Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
- Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- I Have A Life To Live, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)