Source: The Word for You Today – SuperChannel, Orlando, FL, USA.
“Meditate on it day and night.… then you will be prosperous and successful.” Jos 1:8 NIV
God told Joshua: “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… have good success” (v.8 NKJV). God views success as simple to achieve, and equally simple for Him to measure: If we are going to succeed in things that really matter, we must follow the instructions for life found in Scripture. So, here are three biblical rules for success:
First, look it up. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth.” Or as the American Express credit card company likes to say, ”Don’t leave home without it!” Success entails making the study of God’s Word a constant part of your life. This may mean a radical change for you. Ninety percent of Americans own a Bible. Fifty percent never read it, including 23 percent of all followers of Christ. And only 18 percent of those read it every day. Imagine going to a doctor when you’re sick and getting a prescription that can make you well But you only take it once a week, or when you feel like it, or never at all. Would you blame the doctor for not getting well? Some of us do that with God: “Lord, why has this happened to me? I don’t understand it.” Would you say the medicine doesn’t work? Not if you don’t take it. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos 4:6). So, the word for you today is: Get into God’s Word and get it into you!
Second, let it in. The word “meditate” means “to ponder, ruminate, or examine attentively.” So, don’t just read the Scriptures, thoroughly digest them. Pray, “Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions” (Ps 119:18 NLT). You can read a Scripture dozens of times and suddenly see something you’ve never seen before. The idea is to train your mind to see things from God’s viewpoint. Mark Twain said the two best days in a person’s life are the day they’re born, and the day they discover why they’re born. And the only person who can tell you that is your Creator.
Third, live it out. “Be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Jos 1:8 NIV). Yes, study the Bible, meditate on the Bible, and even memorize the Bible. But if you want to find success in life you must obey the Bible. You must translate truth into action. No one can guarantee you success except God—and that guarantee is found in reading, meditating, and obeying His Word. Value and worth are directly related to purpose. A car that won’t run is worthless. A pen that won’t write is useless. Likewise, if You are going to be what you need to be, you need to find your purpose in life and fulfill it. At death, your fame and fortune will not matter. The thing of eternal value will be your answer to this question: “Did I live my life in the presence of God and for His purpose?” C. S. Lewis put it this way: “He who has God and everything has no more than the person who has God alone.”
Source: The Word for You Today – SuperChannel, Orlando, FL, USA — 2019. Merritt, Still Standing, pages 75–78