"Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do." Joshua 1:8
This past weekend, Matthew Whitaker, a 25-year-old lawyer from North Bondi, Australia, took home more than a finisher's medal for completing the Sydney Running Festival Marathon. You see, not only did he finish the 26.2 mile course in an impressive 2:44:29, he did it while wearing a three-piece suit. Donned with a jacket, shirt, tie and vest (buttoned up per the rules) throughout the entire race, Mr. Whitaker made his way into the Guiness Book of World Records for the "Fastest Marathon Wearing Suit".
And when it comes to setting records for speed, there's one record we should never be in a hurry to claim... reading through our Bibles the fastest. Joshua knew that full well when he instructed us to study it "continually" and to "meditate on it day and night.." You see, Joshua realized that it wasn't enough to simply read the words on the page, he needed to understand what the Author was saying. He wanted that close relationship with God that he knew came only through a careful, disciplined and deliberate study of His Word-the same relationship that all believers should crave and strive for.
So just how important is this pondering of the Word for you and me then in having a close walk with Christ? Consider the words of Dwight L. Moody about this great warrior, "The Lord didn't show Joshua how to use the sword, but He told him how he should meditate on the Lord day and night, and then he would have good success."
Heavenly Father, how can we ever thank you enough for your Book of Instruction that is literally alive? You have given us this Book as a direct lifeline to you that we might hear your voice no matter where we are. May we realize just how important meditating on the pages of the Bible are in our walk with you that we devote time each and every day to doing it. It's in your precious name we pray Jesus. Amen.
Jeremy Camp - Living Word