Above all, be strong and very courageous. Be careful to observe all the law that My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law must not depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in all you do. Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:7-9 BSB
I LOVE the book of Joshua. If you need courage? If you need to be reminded what God will do in your impossible situation? Joshua is the GAME.
Growing up, I knew I was supposed to “get in the Word daily.”
When I was little, I thought only the King James Version was an acceptable form of the Bible, and that I was an idiot for not understanding the old-English.
Then I found the New King James Version, the New Living Translation, and my favorite, The Amplified Bible (or what some affectionately call, “The Women’s Bible”) because it over-explains everything in a billion extra words. Ha! I love it. Also #True.
But what does meditation REALLY mean?
I used to hear pastors joke that you have two choices of when you should be meditating on the Word:
Ha. Ha. Ha.
*I’ll wait for y’all to get that.*
But… it did have me thinking. Did that seriously mean that 24/7 I should be reading the Bible? Even Lamentations? I mean COME ON… I had basketball practice to go to, and it made me fall asleep!
On the other side of the coin, in my slightly-legalistic upbringing (thank God, not any more), my parents used to tell me “worldly meditation is bad.” “Yoga is bad.” Etc, etc, etc…
And as the thirteen-year-old challenger and very literal human that I was… my first question was: “THEN WHY DOES JOSHUA 1:8 SAY OTHERWISE MOMMMMMMMM…?”
Fast forward almost 16 years later, and I’m thankful that we can always go back to the Hebrew or Greek original meaning of what the Bible meant.
And that I no longer speak to my mom that way. 😉
If you’re a nerd like me, you can download the app “E-Sword” on your phone (I think it’s like $4.99 one time) or go old school and whip out a Strong’s Concordance, to find these words.
Or, a simple Google search might do the trick.
So let’s look at that word MEDITATION, found in Joshua 1:8.
What’s my goal here? For you to learn how to answer the tough questions that come up in your spirit on your own, while knowing yourself how to go back to the Word of God’s for understanding and meaning! And to feel empowered to do so, regardless of your current faith walk, too.
As we look at Joshua 1:8, we see the word “meditate” is H1897; the word ‘hagah.’
It may sound like the sound a Samurai makes when he (or she) chops something with their katana, but it actually means to utter, mutter, or ponder; a murmuring or soft speech while in a continual contemplation over something.
It also means to imagine, study, talk, mourn, roar, growl, groan, devise, or to plot.
So… despite what some Christians may say that meditation is ‘bad,’ the Bible says otherwise. Actually, one could say that the Bible created meditation, and everyone else copied it.
Because when the Bible is telling us to meditate on the Word of God day and night, it’s saying that we are to get the Word so firmly studied, imagined, talked-through, groaned-over, so much that we have devised a plot around its contents.
Think about it… the plot of your favorite movie? You can quote every line, you know what the hero was wearing in the opening scene, and even the best friend’s middle name in the story.
So… is it too much to ask that we’d pursue knowing the Word of God that gave us freedom, salvation, and life to that level?
How could THAT kind of meditation EVER be wrong?
Selah. *Pause, and think on that.*
I’ve attached some nerdy pictures for the geeks like me who want to see what e-sword looks like! Enjoy, and I’ll see ya tomorrow!