God gave Joshua several instructions in Joshua 1. Obviously there would be challenges as the Israelites obediently move forward with courage. An important part of the message is clearly identified in Joshua 1:8. Through the entire journey Joshua (and Israel as a whole) must remember to keep the Word of God top of mind and close to heart. This challenge calls for more than a casual look at God's word. This challenge calls for more than an occasional look at God's word. Meditation requires focus, stillness, determination, and devotion.
Jesus also spoke of remaining in John 15. Would you spend some time today reading John 15 and making notes about Jesus' comments on remaining in Christ. What does it mean to remain? What is the result of remaining? Why do we often interpret Jesus' words as a suggestion and not a command?
Imagine for a moment that you are one of the many getting ready to cross the Jordan River. You have so much to remember. You are about to fight a battle that will take you away from family and friends. You want to be fit and alert. Now, you hear from Joshua that you should also remember the commands of God and meditate on them to have success. What about all of the battle plans? What about your weapons? What about all that you have prepared? How do you tend to respond when someone challenges you to spend more time in God's word? How strong is your belief that meditating on God's word and remaining in His presence is the foundation of success in Christ?
Thanks for comments this week. Please continue to comment and share what God is teaching you this week. Sunday's message will focus on Israel crossing the Jordan. Can't wait to dig into the meal God is preparing for us.