Theme: God Does Not Forsake His People
Text: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” – Joshua 1:8.
Comment: One derives the numerous merits Bible knowledge has to offer where one keeps in memory what one hears or reads, unless one has believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:2) The day’s devotional reminds us of God’s charge to Joshua, the successor of Moses. Writing to his son in the faith, Paul the apostle exhorted, “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” (1 Timothy 4:15) To “meditate” means to keep the mind fixed upon something, to study, consider, or reflect on a thing. The people of God therefore meditate on His commandments or precepts when they internalize it, that is, allowing His words dominate our thoughts, thereby making it a part of us, by His grace. Job declared, “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” – Job 23:12.
He, the God of infinite wisdom is perfect. (Deuteronomy 32:4) His laws are infallible. (Proverbs 30:5; Romans 7:12; 1 Timothy 1:8) In return, it brings one to honour when one embraces it, “for they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” Proverbs 4:5-9, 22.
Keeping of God’s laws brings us close to Him, no wonder Moses wrote: “for what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” – Deuteronomy 4:7, 8.