the biggest lie ever…

Posted: October 29, 2014 in devotionals, thought to ponder

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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.  Joshua 1:8

I think one of the problems of today’s generation is that we no longer read the manual. The biggest lie we commit nowadays is clicking on the ‘yes’ button of the terms and agreement for every application that we install in our phones, laptops and other gadgets. We no longer read the fine print. We come up with excuses by saying “I’m a <insert type of learner here – visual, auditory, kinesthetic> learner. When things go wrong, we try to fix it on our own instead of referring back to the manual.

God has given Joshua a book. God gave it to him before going into the land of promise. It was to be the guide for Joshua. We have been given a book, the Bible. Like Joshua, God gave it to us even before we face our giants. We need to read it because it is our instructional manual.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth…

We need to read our manual ALOUD. How do we make it not depart from our mouth? There is always an advantage to reading Scriptures out loud. I now appreciate congregational reading because it helps the people digest the words of the Scriptures. It also helps out with memorization. We should come to a point that we can share passages when the situation arises.

but you shall meditate on it day and night

I struggled with this verse before. I meant I would make an excuse that I am a night person and unable to meditate on the ‘day’ side, but what this verse meant is that we are to be conscious to take time to read and reflect for the entire day. To keep on going back to Scriptures in our free time, to think, to examine, to reflect. One speaker aptly put it…

Don’t just download your Bibles into your phones, install it in your hearts.

so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.

It is not enough that we read, we ought to apply what we read. We ought to be doing what we heard from Scriptures. Take note of the word ‘careful’. That means we have to be observant enough, to be cautious, to be conscientious to do what we learn mentally. Then look at the word ‘all’. It has to be an ‘all-or-nothing’ approach. We can’t just leave portions out. We have to read and do what God commands us. We can’t be selective in the commands God gave us.

For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The promise is given to those who obey God. Joshua was given success in a sense that the nation of Israel was able to establish themselves in the land of promise. However, since they did not fully keep the commands of the Lord, they had their set of failures. Similarly, God keeps this promise to us when we read the word and apply it in our lives. Prosperity here does not only mean in the aspect of finance. Prosperity here depends on the sight of God, not on man’s standard. While a lot of preachers would use this passage to claim riches, prosperity and success comes from the Lord and not on our works. Reading Scriptures enables us to know God, making us aware of what He wants, making us conscious of what we ought to do. We lessen our chances of doing stupid things which causes failure.

So get back on reading Scriptures. Read it aloud. Think about it the whole day. Be conscious in keeping what you learn. Apply it. Then claim the promise.

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Father, help us get back in the habit of reading. We ask that You guide us in reading through the Scriptures. We pray that we would come to a point that reading becomes a habit. May we apply what we learn and may it reflect in our daily activities. Thank You, Father. In Your Son’s name we pray, amen.

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