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)
What are your thoughts? That seems like an odd question to me. Why is that? I don’t know that I have ever been asked, what are my thoughts. Really? Well, if I have been asked about my thoughts there has usually been some context. You gave me no context. You simply asked me about my thoughts. Yes, I did. I will ask you some follow up questions. That will help. What do you allow your mind to think? Do you think thoughts that are good and right and true? Do you think thoughts that are pure and helpful and healthy? What do you allow your mind to dwell on? Do you take control of the thoughts of your mind? Do you focus your attention on what you want to think? Do I have control of my mind? Can I choose or reject the thoughts of my mind? You tell me. I know that my mind is a battleground. I know that I think good and bad thoughts. A thought may come into my mind but that does not mean I must continue to think about it. I can choose to reject thoughts that are not good and pleasing to you. Yes, you can.
Is your mind strong? How successful have you been at rejecting thoughts that are not good and pleasing to me? At one time my mind was very weak. I would continue to think about every thought that came into my mind. What has changed? How has your mind grown stronger? Meditating on your word has changed my mind. How so? Meditating on your word has given me a hunger for your thoughts. Meditating on your word has given me a distaste for thoughts that are not good and pleasing to you. Meditating on your word has been cleansing and healing and transforming my mind. You are changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life by your word. Yes, I am.
So, I will answer your question. Go ahead. My thoughts are on you and on the life you have called me to live. I want nothing less and nothing more than to know and do your will. I want my thoughts to be good and right and pleasing to you. So, I will keep on meditating on your word. I will meditate on your word day and night. I will be careful to do everything written in your word. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I will meditate on your word day and night. Your word will constantly be on my mind and in my heart. Help me to put into practice everything you have written in your word. Guard, guide and bless my life by your word as I follow and obey you. Amen
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