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Meditating on the Word

Today’s Scripture: Joshua 1:8
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“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” – 1 Timothy 4:15

I have a friend named Sam who for years has practiced meditation. He used to be part of a cult–an Eastern religion that promised inner tranquility. It was supposed to make one serene, confident, joyful. But Sam admitted his meditations resulted in none of those things. As he sat for hours in jeans and bare feet–chanting and meditating–a disturbing question tugged at his heart. What about my sin?

One day he met a man who spoke of his own release from the burden of sin through faith in Jesus Christ. Much to Sam’s surprise, the man said he, too, practiced meditation, but of a different kind. He meditated on the Bible to find deeper, clearer insight into its teachings. Through the continued witness of this friend, Sam came to Christ, abandoned his former practice of meditation, and adopted the practice of meditation on the Word of God.

Friend, God says that if you meditate on His Word, then you will be prosperous and have success! (Joshua 1:7). The promise is plain: God’s hand of blessing will be on that person’s life in an extraordinary way.

The psalmist said, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (Psalm 119:97). Meditation flows from a love for the Word of God. Ask God to give you a love for His Word and you will think on it.


Lord, teach me to love Your Word. Amen.

To Ponder

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

(The Navigators)