This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:8-9.
Monday Motivation: Good morning, friends; I trust you are well and were able to take some rest over the weekend, and allowed the Lord Jesus to refill your spiritual reservoirs. Today I want to talk about a man named Joshua; we read about this man in prophet Moses’s books.
Joshua was a man who served and trained under prophet Moses’s leadership, and because of His robust faith, God chose him to be a successor after prophet Moses’s death. God promised this young man victory, provided he prepared himself for this victory. There was a particular lifestyle that Joshua had to adhere to for him to acquire a prosperous and victorious life. We read from the reference scripture below.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; for the Lord, your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9
Joshua was supposed to meditate on the word of God day and night. He had to let go of temporary enjoyment and soak himself in the Word of God. He had to give up friends and family for a short while and things he enjoyed so he could meditate on the Word of God day and night.
At the end of this book, we learn that Joshua defeated all the nations in the promised land. The only battle they lost was because Achan disobeyed God, Josh.7:1-26. Still, after that, the children of Israel were obedient to God and submitted themselves to Joshua’s leadership, and they became very prosperous and entered a state of exuberant success.
Under Joshua’s leadership, Israel’s nation worshipped God only, and even after Joshua died, that generation continued to serve the Living God only.
That happened because Joshua allowed the preparation process to take place. They were able to dispossess and possess the land because of the time Joshua took to spend in the presence of God, the time he took meditating on the word of God until it formed deep roots in his spirit and strengthened his faith, and came to the point where he saw himself as God saw him, a victor.
My question for you this Monday morning, what are you willing to give up, so you may prepare yourself for victory? I am inviting you this day to read and meditate on Joshua’s book and see what God did for Israel’s nation. At some stage, as I was studying the book, I felt like the battle was unfair for their enemies. The children of Israel did not fight any battles; God did. He ambushed their enemies and gave them victory. The children of Israel were only required to praise God and continue to meditate on His word.
That serves as an invitation for us this day. God calls us to spend time in His word, to prepare for victory through meditation on His Word. The Word of God is powerful, living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing to the division of spirit and soul, of marrow and joints, and is the discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the hearts. Everything is laid bare under the word of God. Heb.4:12
May I encourage you this day to make time for the word of God! Your victory will come from the time you take to invest in the Word of God. Your success will come when you give up particular temporary enjoyment, so you can prepare yourself for victory.
Believe me when I tell you that victory loves preparation.