“This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
If ever anyone received specific marching orders it was Joshua as he was preparing to lead God’s people over into the Promised Land. At this point, Joshua was not charged with teaching God’s word
Rather, he was told to meditate on the word and to “observe to do” what it said. The greatest assumption that comes from this command is that Joshua was to learn the word; otherwise, he could not have known what to meditate upon nor what to obey—and he was to obey all of it, not just a part of it.
Meditation involves serious thought, not always a popular activity in our world that sometimes finds itself wallowing in the shallows of life. If Joshua would follow this plan, he was guaranteed “good success.”
This recipe for success worked, not only for Joshua, but it will work for us today as well if we have a sincere desire to please God. If we learn God’s word, meditate upon it, and obey it, God will be pleased—then our way can prosper spiritually and then we can have spiritual success, a home with God in heaven.