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A Compass for Life

Today’s Scripture: Joshua 1-5
Read it online at the Bible Gateway: (NIV) (NASB) (KJV) (The Message)

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers”. – Psalm 1:2-3

About all most people know of General Joshua is that he “fit the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumblin’ down” (usually as sung by a male quartet). But the first thing we’re told about this man in the Old Testament was that he was on speaking terms with God.

Joshua 1:1 says, “After the death of Moses…the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide…” Here is what God commanded of his newly appointed leader: “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” (1:8).

Joshua could have said: “What? Think about the words of the Bible, day and night? What about the invasion of Canaan? What about getting all these people across this swollen, rushing river?” But key to Joshua hearing the voice of God and getting his marching orders was his meditation on God’s Word.

Years ago, when I was asked to begin a campus ministry, I spent the better part of three weeks reading the Bible, praying, and seeking how God wanted to penetrate this campus with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Out of that time, I received a solid conviction and a strategy for effective evangelism and discipleship.

In our daily walk with Christ and in protracted times alone with Him, meditation on God’s Word is a key to opening the door of God’s guidance. Take another look at Joshua 1:8; memorize it, meditate on it, and claim it for your own life.


Lord, I have no excuse for getting “lost” when Your Word gives such clear directions for daily walking with You. Amen.

To Ponder

Do you know how to get your direction from God.

(The Navigators)