The Road to Success (Part Two)
Yesterday we shared with you about the Road to Success According to Joshua 1:8: 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.
We identified two areas in which we need to focus: Meditation and Obedience. Yesterday we talked about Meditation, today we discuss "Obedience". God certainly wants to bless us, but we must be mindful that to every promise there is a condition. As we determine to meditate, to think and re-think on God's word; we must also apply His word to our lives. Joshua said, "then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success".
Deuteronomy 28 outlines multiple blessings that God wants to be stow on us; Deuteronomy 28:3-12, lists the many way God desires to bless us and ensure success:
9 If you follow and obey the Lord, he will make you his own special people, just as he promised. 10 Then everyone on earth will know that you belong to the Lord, and they will be afraid of you.
11 The Lord will give you a lot of children and make sure that your animals give birth to many young. The Lord promised your ancestors that this land would be yours, and he will make it produce large crops for you.
12 The Lord will open the storehouses of the skies where he keeps the rain, and he will send rain on your land at just the right times. He will make you successful in everything you do. You will have plenty of money to lend to other nations, but you won’t need to borrow any yourself.
Do you see how many times "successful" is used in this passage? God wants to bless and make us successful in everything we do. However, He does ask for obedience. To obey is to carry out or follow a command. And that is exactly what God asks in verse 9: "If you you follow and obey the Lord, He will make you His own special people."
This road to success is a difficult and narrow one, we must hide the word of God in our Heart that we might sin against Him. (Psalm 119:11)
Deuteronomy 28:1,2 says: Today I am giving you the laws and teachings of the Lord your God. Always obey them, and the Lord will make Israel the most famous and important nation on earth, and he will bless you in many ways. God has so much for us, let's be sure to align ourselves with His Word in 2014.
Be sure to keep God's Word in your mouth; meditate on it day and night and obey--follow and carry out His Word. Then you will be on the Road to Success!!!