Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. (Joshua 1:7-8 NLT)
At a critical moment in your Joshua’s life, God spoke to him some of the most positive, inspiring, and courage-building words in the entire Bible.
Hearing God’s Word is a lifelong process. We learn as we go, and we never fully arrive. There are always enriching new insights to be gained and intimate moments with God yet to be experienced. This is the “little by little” Isaiah talked about (Isaiah 28:9-10).
For true learning to take place, information must be encountered repeatedly. The same is true of learning God’s way; we benefit from “soaking” in His Word, from “chewing” on it as we ask Him to reveal what a particular passage means and how it relates to our lives.