by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday February 7, 2005
The first verses of the book of Joshua are God's instructions to the new Israelite leader. Notice that the Lord does not suggest gathering a committee to decide what should happen next. Instead, God gives assurance that He will be with Joshua, just as He was with his predecessor Moses. Then He gave instruction how to listen for His voice of leadership: "Do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left . . . meditate on it day and night" (Joshua 1:7-8).
A private time of meditation upon the Bible is an absolute priority. That time spent with the Lord is the key to our Christian life. By reflecting upon God, we assimilate the truths of Scripture so that we can know Him better. In prayer, we are to be quiet and listen for His voice. It is essential that we set aside time to be alone with God.
We cannot rush meditation. If we are in love with someone, we want to spend time with that person. The Christian's first love ought to be God. We absorb the Scripture to profit our soul - to know intimately the God whom we serve. This requires concentration, quiet, and time. It also takes deliberate effort.
God offers us a wonderful piece of wisdom in today's passage: meditate day and night. We should begin our day with Him, and we should likewise end it with Him. When we are in the habit of meeting with God in private, He reveals His heart to us when we need to hear from Him.
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