Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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 1:8 NIV
Held in Place
Have you noticed that you don’t just naturally grow closer to the Lord with time? You may desire to stay on track, but if you don’t diligently pray, read God’s Word, and apply His truth, you’ll inevitably drift into neglect and gravitate toward spiritual disarray. The routines of life easily get you sidetracked, old habits creep back in, and former ways of thinking dull your sensitivity to the Lord’s voice. Relationships with others distract you, and before you realize what’s happened, you find yourself far from where you want to be.
Of course God isn’t surprised by this tendency to drift, which is why He commanded Joshua to mediate on His words day and night. That doesn’t mean you have to read the Bible 24/7, but rather to engage with God’s truth so regularly that it permeates your thinking and ultimately influences your actions.
Generations later Paul restated the same idea when he told the new believers to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). God’s Word combined with the power of God’s Spirit are the key tools you have to keep you in place and anchored to the One who never moves!
God, I admit I’m distracted by so many things. Help me to be attracted only to You.
Jesus, give me Your mind and heart and strengthen me by Your Spirit to keep my mind centered on You.