As we look at God's words to Joshua in chapter 1, verse 8,
at first glance it appears that if we do A,B and C, cha-ching,
we'll hit the jackpot of heavenly blessing!
The good news is that God is a rewarder.
He really does bless us as we obey Him.
Although God certainly does take care of and bless us in the area of our temporal needs,
our idea of blessing often remains focused on the temporal,
while God's idea of blessing is eternal.
But, before I get the cart before the horse, let's go back to the beginning.
Study this Book continually.
I looked up the Hebrew word for study as used in verse 8.
When I did a search of the Hebrew word and meaning that is translated study,
one reference said, "research assistant", which I thought was rather odd.
But then I realized that as we study God's Word, the Holy Spirit teaches us,
and we are the research assistant, recording and responding to the truths that the Holy Spirit reveals to us.
Meditate on it day and night.
The word meditate here means to think over and over about it,
filling both your mind and your mouth with God's Word.
I love this!
I want my mind and heart to be so full of God's Word that His Word is what spills out of my mouth
instead of the thoughts of my flesh, the world or the enemy.
It goes beyond that however.
Be sure to obey everything written in it.
The word meditate also carries with it thought that we have come into agreement with what God says
and we are thinking about and meditating on His Words with the intention to obey.
Then, we will prosper and succeed in all we do.
Which brings me back to the point I started to make in the first paragraph.
Our thoughts of prosperity and success, as influenced by our culture,
usually have to do with status and position and paychecks.
God's view of success, as we research the Hebrew used in verse 8,
is that we accomplish what was intended.
In other words,
prosperity and success in God's eyes is accomplishing His purposes for us
during our internship here on this earth.
This is the kind of prosperity and success that no stock market crash, no economic crisis, can touch.
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