Links Daily Devotional

Will I Succeed?, Part 12

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. (Joshua 1:8, ESV)

What do Gary Player, Tom Watson, and Hale Irwin have in common?

Immediately we think, They’re major champions, Hall of Famers, winners of scores of PGA tournaments, and wealthy men.

But something impresses me even more: their long careers. Tom almost won the British Open Championship at age 59. And Hale, 66, nearly won the PGA Senior Championship this year. Who beat him? Tom Watson. And Gary. He’s been competitive for more than 50 years. Still, at 76 he’s competing in some Champions events. We will probably see him shoot his age for three rounds in January in Hawaii on the 2012 Champions Tour.

We have spent a long time, one year on one verse, Joshua 1:8, the verse that Dallas Willard says is “worth more than a college education.” Why? It is the key to a long life of success. And, if you are in Golden Years, as I am, it is the key to finishing strong.

Let’s look again at God’s conditions for success, success from His viewpoint

We note first, that the Book of the Law, His Word, must be in our mouths. We must take it in. Chew on it, digest it and let it become part of our being.

Second, we must meditate upon it day and night. As you may recall, the word meditate means “to mutter.” Or “whisper.” We put it to heart, then internalize it by whispering it to ourselves and praying it back to God. We are to practice this when we first begin our mornings, frequently during the day, and at night.

Third, we must observe all of it. The Scripture records that “the Lord blessed Abraham in every way” (Genesis 24:1).

Why was Abraham blessed in every area of his life?

It tells us in Genesis 22:18: “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed because you have obeyed my voice.”

Blessing follows obedience under both the Old and New Covenants.

Obedience must be all. Partial obedience is disobedience. To meet God’s requirements for success, as He defines success, we must obey all that He asks of us.

Jesus is our great example of obedience. It was His “delight to do His Father’s will” (Psalm 40:8). Recall Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock” (Matthew 7:24, 25).

It’s never too early and it’s never too late to put ourselves on God’s path for true success. One way to start would be to put Joshua 1:8 to memory, if you haven’t already, and begin immediately meeting these three conditions.

You will have a hard time doing a greater favor for yourself and loved ones.

Jim Hiskey

December 14, 2011

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