This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
Apparently, God really wanted me to get this verse in my head. A couple of Sundays ago, the preacher spoke about this verse. Then, this week in the Bible lesson, Joshua 1 was in the plans, with an emphasis on this verse.
I can't tell you how much this verse steps on my toes. Don't get me wrong, I spend time in God's Word. I even teach Sunday School. But God and I both know that I don't do a very good job of meditating on it day and night. Usually I spend my few minutes in my devotion time thinking about it, but then I'm done. Occasionally throughout the day, I'll think back to the Word, but not nearly as much as I should.
The question I have to ask myself is WHY? WHY don't I meditate on the Word day and night? Do I not want to observe the things written there? Do I not want my way to be prosperous? Do I not want to have success? Of course I want all of those things. So WHY?
The answer is simple - I simply let the cares and concerns of this world, of the day-to-day, of the inconsequential, push thoughts of God's Word right out of the way. It's easy to let those thoughts into the forefront of my brain, relegating God's Word to the back corners where I pull it out when I have a moment or two not engaged in the minutiae of my life.
This week, the Sunday School lesson I'm teaching is about the sufficiency of God's Word. In preparing my lesson, my thoughts drifted back to Joshua 1:8. If I believe that God's Word is sufficient for all things (and I do believe that), then I should be using God's Word to help me through my day, not pushing it aside and focusing on dealing with the small stuff myself. So in my attempts to leave behind the crazy side of me (the grouchy, irritable, on-edge, stressed out side; not the crazy fun side, that one will be staying), I will be spending more time meditating on God's Word.