The process prepares you for the blessings to come
(Joshua 1:8 NIV 1984) 'Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; 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 is one of my favorite scriptures! It starts off by telling us to keep God's Law (Word) in our mouths which means before us, reading it, taking it in. A then it tells us to meditate on it day and night. To meditate means much more than just contemplating and going over on a regular basis. The idea is that one should reflect upon God's Word in a thoughtful way, taking its truths personally and applying them to our lives. That is the main part of meditation that makes the difference, it is the application to our lives that makes the change on the inside of us. So, meditating on it day and night will help us to act on His Word and do what it says.
Then here comes the promise if you choose to be faithful in living out God's word in your life. If you do what God's Word says and be consistent in your actions, you will be prosperous and successful. You will live a life where you see the goodness of the Lord in all areas of your life. Let's take a quick look at the phrase 'prosperous and successful. In a Christian's life fulfilling God's purpose in your life is the ultimate success. If you are living out God's Word in your life, you are actually going through a process that changes your life and habits. With this, you are following the wisdom and understanding that God gives in His Word, so of course, your life will absolutely change for the better. But don't think you will not have trials and tribulations also with the success of following God's Word because you will. Christians will always be fighting a battle against our enemy (satan and his dominion), and also the conditions of the fallen world. The beautiful thing is we have Jesus our Lord & Savior, which scripture reminds us that we are more than conquerors (a position of success) through Him!
Going through the process to line up with God's Word can be difficult but well worth it if we want to see true change in our lives. We have to be consistent in our actions and behavior for His Word to bear fruit in our lives. Bearing fruit is key, most of us in general when we start bearing the fruit of living out God's Word in our lives will be in the success the scripture is referring to. Imagine handling your relationships, your finances, your spouse, your family, handling your business, treating your body, and other things the way scripture tells you to do it. You will absolutely see success and prosperity in your life, there is no way for you not to. God's Word and principles are good for all time, they will never go stale or bad! Side note, don't sell yourself short and lessen this scripture to only refer to financial gain, if you do, you will primarily miss what this scripture is talking about.
A lot of times we look only for the miracles to unfold in our lives from God, which is fine. But I see a lot more people in the Bible becoming whole by going through the process the Lord outlines in His Word. I encourage you as Christians to go through the process and develop in God's Word as it will make you ready to receive the blessings that God has for your life. Don't look just for the miracles (still keep your expectations), but live a life that is obedient to the Word of God and become the living sacrifice that the Lord has called you to be.
Pray and seek God's wisdom and understanding as you meditate on God's Word. Take a deep look into your life and make sure that you are always seeking our Lord.
Ask your Heavenly Father to help you to understand His Word and give you the wisdom and understanding needed to act upon it.
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