"Do not let this Book of 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."
I know many of you have written about the pleasure of picking up your Bible daily and reading and understanding the written word. Doors seem to be opening, I've heard, and blessing are coming forth. I know many have included comments on the importance of a personal journal so that you can see and be reminded of how God is working in your life.
I wonder if your meditating as well. Sometimes in the rush of the day, we incorporate our Bible time, but often have little time to let it "stick". What better way to ensure adhesion then by meditating? Philippians 4:13 states, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." This verse has followed me through many turmoils and incorporates a sense of nurturing and empowerment whenever I meditate on its words. It has gotten me through a terrible bout of sickness when I wondered if I'd ever work again. It has welded my backbone when family issues promised collapse. Most of all, it has offered stability in this ever changing world where one day's dawn offers blessings and another darker one sets forth oppression.
Psalm 1 says that a man who meditates on the law is "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not withers. Whatever he does prospers." (verse 3) After Moses died, the Lord promised prosperity and success to Joshua if he meditated on the law day and night. (Joshua 1:8) In fulfillment of God's forty-year-old promise, Joshua was to take the Israelites across the Jordan River to the Promised land. God told Joshua to "be strong and courageous." Other than cross the river, the only specific direction God gave him was not to let the law depart from his mouth, to meditate on it day and night so that he would be careful to do everything in it.
This can be the best strategy for our lives. Instead of using personal reason thinking WE have the best laid plans, we can meditate on God's word wondering what he has planned for us individually. So, pick a verse today. Write it down to help you remember it and take it with you when you find solace today like your evening walk. Meditate on it as you take each step allowing God to open the doors of your mind and bless you.