December 3: Respond to the Word

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.

Proverbs 4:20-22

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

The challenge with many of God’s children is that they are not giving God their undivided attention. They are too distracted to focus on God’s Word; too busy with one thing or the other. The story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 shows this very clearly. While Martha was busy trying to fix something for the Lord Jesus Christ to eat, Mary sat at His feet giving her undivided attention to Him, and to the words of His mouth. She stayed glued to the Lord Jesus and His teaching. She chose a portion that none could take from her. There is a way to respond to God’s WOrd in order to obtain profit and benefit from it. Proverbs 4:20 shows us that we must attend to the Word of God and that we must incline our ears to all God’s sayings. To attend to God’s Word is to give or pay attention to the Word. To pay attention to the WOrd is to fix one’s gaze on God by giving heed to His Word. It is to give one’s wholehearted devotion to Him. How? By meditation in the Word; speaking to yourself in the Word and thinking deeply upon it. If there’s an area of your life that falls short of what God has said, you need to give attention to His WOrd in that area in order to align yourself with His will. Beloved, you must make up your mind to give undivided attention to the Word God, otherwise, it will not profit you as it ought to.

In Joshua 1:8, God told Joshua to give constant attention to His Word by meditating in it day and night. He told him “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth…” (Joshua 1:8); this is what it takes to pay attention to God’s word. You put it in your mouth daily until it becomes the character of your mind. It is those who pay attention who will be given the opportunity to hear beyond the surface. James 1:21 tells us to put aside things that distract and hinder, that we might receive with meekness the engrafted Word. What does it mean to receive the word with meekness? It means to be humble enough to pay attention to what God is saying, for the purpose of doing the Word. Don’t assume that you are paying attention to God’s Word; be sure you are doing, because your hearing is in attention to the Word.

My Solid Front (Confession): 

In the Name of Jesus, I give myself wholly to meditating in God’s Word daily. Amen.

Further Meditation:

Psalms 1:1-3; 1 Timothy 4:15