Discipleship | Lesson 1 | Devotion 3

Joshua 1:8 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.

The world around us constantly chases success. We often define success by money, power, or fame, but the Bible only uses the word success once and it is in Joshua 1:8. The verse teaches that our success is not found in our bank account, how many people we oversee, or how popular we might be. Rather, true succes comes from our relationship to the Word of God. This verse gives three relationships to the Word of God that will help us judge our success.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth…”

What are we talking about?

As a Christian, we should always be ready to share what God is doing in our life or to give an answer to someone who may ask about the change they have seen (I Peter 3:15). “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth does not mean, you spend your day reciting Scripture, but it does mean that when given an opportunity to share your faith or the work God has done in you, will you take it?

“Thou shalt meditate therein day and night…”

What are we thinking about?

Let’s be honest, you will not be able to spend all your days talking about God and His Word, but what are you thinking about or meditating on throughout the day? If we are constantly thinking about the problems and pressures of this world, we are choosing to live for the her and now, rather than keeping our minds on what God has done for us and is going to do for us!

“Thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein…”

What are we obeying?

It is not simply enough to just talk and think about the Bible, we must put it into action in our daily lives. As we begin to obey the Word of God, we will become successful in the eye’s of God. Here’s a secret though; as we obey God’s laws, the Lord will send earthly blessings. Many people equate heavenly success with the lack of earthly success. Some of the most successful men and women throughout the Bible and throughout history were followers of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 1:2-3 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

God is able to bless committed followers of Him who are growing in His Word. There are going to be times where you question whether or not to bey parts of Scripture or where you may wonder if your study of the Word of God is even worth it. During those times, determine to claim the blessings of God and be defined by God’s success.