Sunday School

Tom Harber

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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 (NKJV)

We all remember as kids those weekly spelling tests. Without taking the extra time to go over each word, you probably didn’t fare well on the exams. Beyond that, if you did well in school, you might have competed in a Spelling Bee. Again, without preparation examining the origins, context and usages of words, it can be difficult to excel there.

Likewise, God’s Word and the instruction within is not intended for us to just “wing it”. We often ask children to repeat, write, and familiarize themselves with verses. How else will they “hide its word” in their hearts? I ask further: how are we any different at any age? If we aren't intentionally trying to familiarize ourselves with God’s Word, it will always just stay static words on a page, not the living, breathing, and powerful Word of Life.

The verse above tells us that our way can be made “prosperous”, and it also says we will have “good success”. Isn’t that what we are really after? I don’t mean money, fame or any worldly indicator of making it. I mean that none of us really want a terrible or even humdrum existence. We want to thrive, and we should want to thrive! So, if that’s what we want, how do we get it?

Well, look at the verse: we must “observe to do according to all that is written in it.” We have to get directly connected to God’s Word, yes, but then, we must endeavor to live out what it tells us. That’s a tall order, but God will give us the ability to do it. I challenge us all to be even better in our hunger for God’s Word, and whatever we learn, let’s endeavor to put it to work in our lives. Great things will happen in and through us if we do.

Colby Bryant




  May 2022  
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