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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9 (NIV)
How will you be encouraged? How will you be strengthened? What will make you courageous? How will you be careful to go and do everything I ask of you? What will help you to be prosperous and successful? What will you hold on to through all the ups and downs and twists and turns of life? I know what I will not hold on to. What’s that? I will not hold on to my gifts and talents and abilities. I will not hold on to my education and training. I will not hold on to my money and material possessions. I will not hold on to my strength and health. I will not hold on to my past accomplishments. Not one of these things will sustain me through all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life. That’s true.
You know quite clearly what you will not hold on to when you go through trials in life. Yes, I do. That’s good. Do you know what you will hold on to when you face all the storms of life? Yes, I do. I will hold on to you. I will hold on to your promises. I will hold on to your word. How will you do that? I will hide your word in my heart. I will store your word in my mind. I will meditate on your word day and night. I will allow your word to guide my life. Your word will train me. Your word will instruct me. Yes, it will. Your word will teach me what I need to know. What do you need to know? I need to know that you will be with me. You will help me. You will lift me up and encourage me. You will strengthen me. You will make me courageous. You will help me to be prosperous and successful. You will make me able to go and do your will. Yes, I will. That’s not all. What else? Your word will help me to do what I need to do. What do you need to do? I need to trust you. I need to rely on you. I need to put your word into practice. I need go and do whatever you ask of me. Yes, you do. That is what I will do. I will rely on you. I will hold on to your promises. That will be very good.
Lord, I will meditate on your word day and night. Your word will be in my heart, on my mind and lived out in my life. I will think, speak and act on your word. Help me to be careful, strong and courageous. Be with me wherever I go and in whatever I do for you. Amen
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