Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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 1:8 (NIV)
I love this verse! What Joshua is basically telling us is that we need to be deep in the Word. Of course the Book of Law is only a portion of the Bible but how could we really go wrong as Christians if we are intimately studying the Bible? God has provided us with wisdom and instructions for how to live. Not only are we instructed to read but we are told to meditate to get deeper in thought and understanding. In this fast paced world that we live in we hardly find the time to slow down and just place ourselves in the silent presence of the Lord. I know that I am guilty of it! I’d love to just sit in a lotus position with a lit candle in the silence of my living room sans distractions for just 20 minutes. How personal to sit and listen for the Lord’s voice! So what is stopping you?
One aspect of Christian living that I have begun to practice is the memorization of scripture verses. It is really challenging for me to focus and study the Bible when I’m not participating in a scheduled Bible study. Do you ever find that you feel more comfortable talking about a subject once you master its content? Well, isn’t that the same case for the Bible? Sure it is hard but what isn’t? As Joshua tells us there is only one outcome. We will be prosperous and successful! Shouldn’t we take that chance?
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Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? -– Romans 2:17-22
Paul is telling us to “walk the walk” and “talk the talk.” Sure we can stand around all day and talk our heads off to others but we should be taking our own counsel. It is infinitely easier to tell someone else how to improve their life but why is it so much harder for us to figure out what needs to be changed. Take a look at your own life as is if it were someone else’s. What activities consume your time? Are you doing them to glorify God? How do you react towards others? Is it Christ-like? What behaviors do you notice would not be pleasing to God? I spend my free time before and after work often on the couch in front of the T.V. watching “Pawn Stars” or “American Pickers” when perhaps I could spend more time studying the Bible or writing this blog. We must be transformed throughout all aspects of our lives and this is one way to start.