Thursday, March 29
Day and Night
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.
Imagine a chef who collected cookbooks, took cooking classes, studied recipes, and developed menus—but never cooked. Are you like that when it comes to spiritual food? It's one thing to enjoy Bible study, attend Bible classes, and follow daily reading plans. But are you daily applying the Bible's lessons to your attitudes and behavior?
Joshua 1:8 gives three steps to Bible study. First, keep listening to God's Word. Keep reading it aloud. Don't let it depart from your mouth or your mind.
Second, meditate on it. Mull it over in your imagination. Think about it when you drive to work and when you sit at home. Ponder it when you lie down and when you rise up.
Third, obey it—observe to do according to all that is written in it. Then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. When we're consistently in our daily devotions, it's easier to be consistent in our daily duties.
I on Thy statutes meditate,
Though evil men deride;
Thy faithful Word is my delight,
My counselor and guide.
—The 1912 Psalter
1 Samuel 28:1 - 31:13