Joshua 1:5-9 (NIV) 

Here we read about one of the  most significant changes in leadership for the people of God.  Moses has died and a new generation is ready to enter the promised land.  Now Joshua is going to be their new leader.  The Lord speaks to him about what is important.  We learn how Joshua can be “strong and courageous” in this momentous new chapter for God’s people.  Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Joshua needs to study, understand, and keep in his consciousness the word of God, “this Book of the Law.”  (Moses was given the same command in Deuteronomy 31:23-24.)  Yet, it’s not enough to know and understand God’s word.  Joshua must be careful to obey and put God’s word into practice, that is, “do everything written in it.”

Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:28).  Today we can live in the presence of the Lord Jesus who is present to us and wishes to speak into our lives.  And once we hear his word of hope, guidance, or correction then we are blessed as we obey.  Today is a time to, as the old hymn states,  “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.”