Bible Study: Joshua 1:8 #5 – Positive Talk Keeps You in the Right Path

Song of the Week

Song: Oh How We Love You by United Pursuit (feat. Will Reagan)

Mood: Revere

Tastes: Silent

As the Word of God is a living text, people have different ways of interpreting these texts. So, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions down in the comments below! Remember to like and share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Feeling Tired Always?

My previous post was about God telling Joshua what to do in order to get Israel into the Promised Land. 

In the midst of all of God’s commands to Joshua, He said one phrase: 

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night”

– Excerpt from Joshua 1:8 NIV

“Always”? “Day and night”? 

God, do you mean I can’t be doing anything else other than meditating on your Word?

Can I not rest?

Can I not watch TV? 

You can! Rest is essential to every Christian’s walk of faith. 

If you go to the gym, you know that even your body needs rest in order for your gains to show. 

So, if the body God made needs rest, isn’t it truer than your mind, more fundamental than your body, needs it too? 

Feeling Guilty If You Take a Break?

Are you someone who feels guilty when they take a break?

Well, my friend, you might have a case of terminal workaholism. 

It’s terminal because you can really die from working too hard without taking breaks. 

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, one of the youngest doctors deployed to the front lines recently left us in his sleep after working 10 days continually. God bless his soul! He was truly a man after God’s own heart who cared about people. 

In the beginning, after God spent the first 6 days making the Earth, he took a break on the 7th day.

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

– Genesis 2:2-3 NIV

Scripture even said that rest is holy.

In Israel’s time, it was Judaical law to rest on the Sabbath (the 7th day of the week).

“For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death. The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant.”

– Exodus 31:15-16 NIV

As controversial as it may seem to many, Saturday is the last day of the week. Don’t tell me otherwise!

So, what about Joshua 1:8? Can we really not rest from keeping the Book of the Law on your lips?

Yes, we can’t rest. We shouldn’t allow our lips to depart from the Book of the Law. But that doesn’t mean we literally speak in Scripture. 

It means that our every word should reflect God’s goodness and love. Always. 

Call to Action

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”

– Proverbs 18:21 AMP

From your mouth is the power to save a life, and to destroy it. 

Speak wisely. Use the tongue God has given you. Use it to rehearse the Bible in every good way you can think of. Speak truth and fight for the voiceless. 

And if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything. 

This principle holds true for the voices in your head too.

God bless you and speak life!

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