Moses was one of God’s greatest servant’s. He went from a prince of Egypt to a shepherd. God had spoken to him directly and under His guidance, Moses led the people out of slavery in Egypt by means of amazing miracles from God.
However, Moses’s life came to an end at a critical time. The people of Israel wondered in the desert for 40 years instead of going to the promised land because they had sinned against God. After Moses died, Joshua became the next leader. The people lamented the passing of Moses for months, but after that God told them to stand up and keep going. A few of the first guidance that God gave to Joshua was ‘to meditate on the word of God day and night’. Notice God didn’t say ‘read’; He said to meditate on it. Meditation simply means to focus upon a particular thought, idea or devotion and letting it fill you up and change you. Reading the bible alone will not help us as Christians mature in our faith. We need to meditate throughout the day in order to live the life that God has called us to live. Have you ever worked a whole day and then came home late, had something to eat and drink and then sit in front of the television just to relax and then suddenly you remember that you forgot all about what you read in the bible that morning? You weren’t meditating, you simply read the bible.
The thing is that there are a lot of distractions in our life. Work, family, chores etc that take up all our of time and we sometimes forget completely on God, unintentionally at times. In order for a flower to grow and blossom, it needs to stay in constant sun light. Exposing to sun light for 30 minutes and putting it in the shade for the rest of the day will not help it grow; it might even die out.
We are the same. The word of God is the light unto our path (Psalm 119). Jesus said that ‘men do not live on bread alone, but from every word that comes from the mouth of God’ (Matthew 3:4). The recommendation has always been to eat at least 3 times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jesus compared the word of God to food. Imagine going without eating for a couple of days. How would you feel? Weakened, right? I can come over and just tip you and you would fall over. If we do not feed our spirits with the Word of God daily then we will not be able to resist temptations and we would not have the focus to live out God’s commandments. Just like when you eat, your body spends the rest of the day breaking the food down to absorb vital nutrients for your body to remain healthy and strong, you must meditate on the word of God throughout the day. Absorb all that God wants to share with you in order to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Do not only read the word of God, but start meditating on it throughout your day. Remember it is the same but yet more important than eating.