“Yes, keep this book of the Torah on your lips, and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper and you will succeed.” Joshua 1:8 (CJB)
If I had to choose one “life” verse, this would be it. The Word of God is the only 100% sure anchor and roadmap for our lives. To the extent we learn it, meditate on it and DO it, we will prosper and succeed. If you don’t read and study it, you won’t know it. If you don’t know it, you won’t do it.
When my life is in the greatest turmoil and strife, it’s usually because I haven’t been doing what this verse says. Doesn’t mean I won’t have sorrow, or great trials. But it does mean in the midst of them, I will have peace –shalom–the true security and well-being that comes only from the Father. It doesn’t mean I will be famous or have great wealth, but it does mean I will be accomplishing what the Father has set before me to make a difference in His kingdom. It does mean that I will be blessed, because the Father cannot bless disobedience.
The enemy knows this verse probably better than we do, because he throws so many roadblocks in our way to keep us from the Torah/Word of God. Some of them are frivolous. We live in such an entertainment, “I deserve it”, oriented world that we often spend an inordinate amount of time being entertained. Some of the roadblocks are seemingly “good” things that take our time. Trust me, I’m a type A personality & I always have a long list of things I really need to get done. All very important.
When we cannot find time for the Word of God in our lives, we really do not believe what this verse says. We usually manage to eat three times a day. We should be able to find time to feed on the Bread of life at least once in 24 hours.