What is Meditation?
Meditation is the act or process of spending time in quiet thought, an expression of a person’s thoughts on something. The act of Meditation has dated back through human history. It was among the things that God told us to observe, as fundamental to our nature.
During the time children of Israel were going to the Promised Land from Egypt, according to the Bible, it came to a point when their leader named Moses died and they didn’t know how to continue the journey to their destination. However, God called and appointed a man named Joshua to lead His people to their place of purpose. Though Joshua had been around Moses, helping him, the task of leading the children of Israel to the promise land was a great task for him and he needed to be empowered for that mission.
I would think perhaps that Joshua might have been somewhat skeptical in leading because he knew some of the experiences and challenges Moses faced as the leader. However, his skepticism disappeared when God encouraged him and gave him the formula for success — Meditation.
“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:1-9)
A Good Success
Here, what I call the formula lies in verse eight above: it said “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” The book of the law is the word of God. God told Joshua not to allow the His words depart from his month, that means he needed to keep saying it and never to stop talking it. He needed to keep pondering, thinking, considering, reflecting, praying with it, studying, concentrating, etc on the word of God. Remember, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3).
When we allow the word of God in our lives, it brings Light and gives Wisdom, as well as gives Understanding with which we can handle all matters and situations. “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:131).
In addition, from our above-mentioned verse, from the book of Joshua, it said “…For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” This implied that success is dependent on one’s ability to make use of the word of God because in the word of God are the materials for prosperity and success. The word of God gives wisdom, knowledge and sound discretion.
“…How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103).