Today’s Scripture: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
Now what does it mean to meditate? It actually has the idea of muttering. Now I don’t think you should walk around muttering, otherwise you may end up in a facility. However, what it does mean is you are bringing back to mind something you know is true, bringing back to mind something you have read.
If we are meditating on the Word of God, it is like a cow chewing its cud. A cow goes out in the morning and eats grass. Later in the day, it will lie down and the food that it ate can be brought back up. The cow will then chew on it and get nourishment from it.
In the Christian life, we read the Word of God at least once a day. It doesn’t matter if you read a book, a chapter, or a single verse – read the Word of God every day. Make it a habit. Then, think on it throughout the day.
Day and night, we should be contemplating what we just read, or even what we read a long time ago. The Lord has a way of bringing these things to mind, especially if we are going through a hard time.
Also, the Lord has a special way of giving you the nourishment you need – “…give us this day our daily bread…”. So, as you’re going through a problem or about to go through a problem, God brings you to a special place in His Word, and you’re reading about it. Then later in the day, something happens, and you remember what you read; you’ve been meditating on it, mulling it over, thinking about the good things of God that are right and true, and you find yourself reacting in a totally different way than how you used to react. Then, you are blessed, and you can be a blessing. But, the meditation on the Word is key.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.