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“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”-Joshua 1:8(ESV)
God’s word is an important part of our spiritual development, but too many people downplay it’s role in their lives. In Deuteronomy 8:3 God teaches us that “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” So just like you wouldn’t dare go a day without eating at least one meal, you should never go a day without feasting on the eternal truths of God’s word.
2 Peter 1:3 explains that we are able to access the divine power and provision of God “through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness(HCSB).” However, you can’t have the knowledge of Him unless you open up your bible and know Him through His word on daily basis. Your understanding of who God is will actually increase as you read His word, but don’t just read it meditate on it.
What do I mean when I say “meditate” on it? I mean that you should always get in the habit of pondering or reflecting upon the scripture that you have just read. As you reflect upon God’s word, then His wisdom, knowledge, understanding, strength, counsel and character will become a part of your very being. As these aspects of God’s nature transform you and become a part of you then you find it easier to be led by the Holy Spirit on a daily basis and the people around will become of God’s overwhelming presence in you and around you.
Today, please don’t misunderstand the things that I am writing to you today. I am not exalting head knowledge above the Holy Spirit because our understanding of the scripture is clarified by the Holy Spirit(see 1 Corinthians 2:14). However, I am encouraging everyone to become a diligent student of the word of God so that you can know the difference between truth and error because if you indulge in enough of God’s truth it won’t be hard to reject the devil’s lies.
Questions for further thought:
- What has been your greatest hindrance when it comes to reading or studying God’s word?
- What is your understanding of God currently?
- How has your understanding of God changed now that you are consistently studying God’s word?