Josh.1:8 – 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.
Everyone wants to have a prosperous or successful New Year. Today’s verse may contain the keys that will release the favor and blessing of the Lord in your life and relationships in 2018. If you pay close attention to what the Lord commanded and promised Joshua you will come to the conclusion that success was based on partnership. Joshua couldn’t sit back and do nothing, he had to engage. At the same time without total dependency on God he would be helpless in taking the land of promise. The nuggets of God’s prosperity are in this passage and are pointed out in these notes from the Fire Bible.
“Those who know and obey God’s Word will be prosperous and successful because they will possess the wisdom to do what is right and to achieve God’s goal for their lives. The requirements for this kind of success are: (1) to be strong and courageous; (2) to make God’s Word your guiding authority for all beliefs and actions; (3) to study and meditate daily on God’s Word; and (4) to recognize and respond to God’s presence in every area of your life. This message to Joshua gives us a set of general principles for successful living.”
Dick Mills often gave this verse of promise connected to the New Year. He points out that all of God’s commands have fulfillment inside of them. The Lord equips us as we follow His direction. Here is how Brother Mills said it.
“The Lord issued this statement as a command to Joshua. Often we think of God’s commands as being strictly prohibitive. Here the command is quite affirmative. The thing to remember is that each command given us by the Lord carries with it the enablement of its own fulfillment. That is, each command comes with an assurance that you and I are able to perform it”.
So each of us have a whole new year in front of us. Follow the Lord closely and yield to His directions. Like Augustine used to say, “Command what you will Lord, just give what you command”. God’s anointing and equipping are always connected to His directives. May you have a blessed and prosperous New Year.