Interested in a Biblical key to prosperity? Want success in all you do? Consider these verses:
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:2, 3
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night…for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
Think it is just an “old testament” thing? Consider 1 Timothy 4:15
“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”
We’ve lost the inheritance from our Jewish roots of the benefits of meditating, maybe scared off by new age ideas or simply unaware of God’s plan of blessing through pondering His word day and night.
There are interesting statistics that although Jews make up only 2% of the American population:
- 20% of professors in leading universities are Jewish
- 25% of American Nobel Prize winners are Jewish
- One third of American Multimillionaires are Jewish.
- 40% of the top 40 of the Forbes 400 richest Americans are Jewish. *
Coincidence? I don’t think so. God has given a heritage of blessing to the Jews which contain several different elements attributed to their success, one of those being the high regard for the Word of God and memorizing/meditating on it regularly. In the first century, by the time children were in their early teens they were expected to have memorized the entire Torah (first five books of the old testament) and large portions of the Psalms.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at different ways to meditate, to get God’s word deep in our hearts, so we can prosper in all that we do. But start today with just a simple verse or phrase. Ponder or “chew” on it throughout the day.
“I am my Beloved’s and He is mine.” Song of Solomon 6:3
“O taste and see that the Lord is good…” Psalm 34:8
“The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need.” Psalm 23:1
“In the beginning God created…” Genesis 1:1
Be okay with just one verse/phrase for the day – it’s not about getting a certain task done, but just letting God’s Spirit speak to you deeply as you consider, repeat, and speak out His word.
*From “The Messianic Church Arising” by Robert Heidler