Prosper and Succeed

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Joshua 1:8

This is a very famous verse and it is famous for a reason.  It gives us a very simple formula for being prosperous and for having “good success”.  Who would not want to be prosperous and who would not want to be successful?  The Bible gives a simple outline for achieving both of these things, but how often do we attempt to gain prosperity and success by trying to do it “our way”?

The Bible plan for prosperity and success is centered around the Bible:

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth”- We are to talk about the Word of God all the time.  Even when we are not actually talking about it, we need to be ready to talk about it.  It needs to be “in our mouths” at all times.

“Thou shalt meditate therein day and night”.  We are to think about the Word of God all the time.  Notice that it says “meditate” and not simply “read”.  There have been many times that I have technically read my Bible, but I didn’t really think about what it was saying.  We are supposed to ponder it and chew it over in our minds.  And we are told to this “day and night”.  That pretty much sums it up- if it’s during the day, we’re supposed to be meditating on God’s Word.  If it’s during the night, we’re supposed to be meditating on God’s Word.

“That thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein”.  There is a reason that we are to be constantly in the Bible- we are supposed to be doing the things that it tells us to do.  We aren’t to just read the Word as an interesting book with interesting stories- we are supposed to let it tell us exactly how to live our lives.  And we will do that, we will find that the Lord will make our way prosperous and we will have good success. 

It’s fairly simple, really.  Stay in the Bible- every day, all the time.  And do what it says.  Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest.  Let us get in the Bible and stay there!

One response to this post.

  1. Great post. I think it is also important to realize what our culture considers prosperity and success are not necessarily what will flow forth from this basic call to meditate on scripture night and day. We will enjoy what God considers prosperity and success, which doesn’t mean a new car every year, a big house, fancy clothes and jewelry, and great fame. It means having the things we need to live and being content with what we have, and having a heart to share what we have with those in need. God’s prosperity and success includes saving knowledge of our Savior.

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