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Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)
TITLE: Not to the Right Nor to the Left
By Allan Morelos
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(A Devotional on Joshua 1:7-8)
If you are to rate yourself (1 as the lowest, 3 as average and 5 as the highest) in your will to concentrate in meditating on His Word and putting it into practice in your daily life and relationships, how do you think you’ll fare? This is a tough call, indeed.
Yet this is the charge that Joshua gave to God’s people when he declared, “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:7-8, NIV)
Why did God make it imperative for His people to focus on reading and reflecting on His Word and applying its life-changing message in their lives as He’s now leading them into the Promised Land?
In God’s perspective, the only way for His people to succeed in their God-given venture is for His Word to be inculcated in their minds, burned in their hearts, personalized in their souls and actualized in their day-to-day march and long battle into the land of promise. Full trust in His Word and total abandon in His will always pleases God Almighty.
In God’s view, the key to prosperity is for His people to concentrate in the beauty and wonder of His Person and to immerse themselves in the enabling power of His instructions. They are not to turn from it to the right or to the left.
Joshua 1:7-8 teaches that focusing on who He is and what He says is the thing that really matters. Success, after all, is enjoying God in our lives and having pleased Him in our ways. No more; no less.
How’s your personal time with God in His Word? How’s your private worship of Him today?
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