May 23

Joshua 1:1-9
Memorise Matthew 5:6
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness…”

After the death of Moses, God commissioned Joshua with a daunting task – to conquer and enter the Promised Land. As Joshua assumed leadership of the Israelites, God instructed Joshua with a command, that “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”.

Joshua was to keep the law within him. The Word to a Christian is spiritual food, essential for life. Meditating upon it is like tasting, chewing, savouring and digesting it. In this manner it does not depart from us, but remains within to nourish and transform. At the same time, our mouths are one of the chief means by which we communicate wisdom from the Word of God to edify others.

To “meditate therein day and night” does not mean literally every single moment. Joshua would have had many tasks to do in preparing, instructing and organizing the people. All the more he would have needed the wisdom to fulfill his calling and seek out opportunities to meditate upon the Word. This he was to do all the time – continually, during the day – at work when he was the busiest but also at night when he would be likely at rest. It is continual in the sense that there is this complete and unceasing reliance on and abiding in Christ and His Word. To stop would be to rely on his own strength and wisdom.

Too often the Word of God is something we just gloss over. At best we may memorise a verse or two. But true and constant meditation is something we fall far short of achieving. Meditation does not come naturally. It not only requires love of God’s Word, it takes discipline.

Further, we are commanded to meditate constantly as we go about our daily lives. It is not optional. In our interactions, actions, decisions and reactions we ought to be always reflecting, and then acting or reacting in the light of God’s Word. Whenever we have a spare moment from our activities or work, let our minds be fixed on the Word of God. In this way, we are meditating all the time. Do you wonder why you do not grow spiritually or show scant improvement?

What are practical steps I can take to meditate more?
Prayer: LORD, give me the discipline to obey Your command to meditate continually upon Your Word.