The Importance of Scripture
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“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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 ESV
Many times throughout the year, I can find myself neglecting one of the most important things in our life, God’s Word. Even as a Bible student, I can find myself when I am in God’s Word only using it for my class. Our society and the church have made the reading of Scripture, if done at all, a checklist item.
As we dig into Scripture, we can see where this is not correct in any manner. We are not only to read God’s Holy, Divine Word to make ourselves or someone else feel good. We are to stay in His Word to better our lives for Christ. When one takes on a career, they do not simply jump right into the position and start running the program; they go through years of schooling to get into the beginning part of the program. As they continue to climb, they continue to glean back on their schooling and learn more and more each day.
Much like schooling, the Word is where we must begin in our Christian lives. However, we cannot stop there. Our lives need to be saturated with the Word of God. Joshua did not know if He would be up for the task or not, but God did. Joshua did know that if he followed God and His command to stay in the Scripture and meditated on it daily that God would be with him.
We, unlike Joshua, are not leaders of Israel, and we are not going to conquer a physical foreign land. But we have been placed in charge of something, or someone, and we are required to stay in God’s Word. We are also “aliens” to this world, and our conquering is not that of military conquest, but of penetrating the hearts of evil with the Love and Light of Jesus Christ.
Much like Joshua, we must meditate on the Scripture “day and night” so that we will always be following Its commands.
By Brandt Jones