“The 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).
Having just taken the reigns of leadership over God’s people, Joshua receives this assurance from God: he will be successful if he follows God’s instruction to listen to, to meditate upon, and to obey what is written.
While the instruction to Joshua came with the understanding of God’s miraculous blessing, the promises God gave him still ring true today for all who will meet the conditions, all three of which are repeated in the New Testament.
If our sincere desire is to go to heaven, we must listen to what God has to say to us through His word, meditate upon the messages so that we can reach a deeper understanding of the full meaning for us, and obey the commands contained in those messages. Then heaven can be our eternal home.