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- January 30, 2018
- Posted by: Carolyn Mahal
- Category: Devotions
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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.” – Joshua 1:8
The world loves a good overnight success story. It happens in music, acting, sports, and even politics. One day a person is living a life of anonymity and suddenly they burst onto the scene, becoming a worldwide sensation with media coverage that seems non-stop. For some this rise to stardom is unsettling while others seem to adore the attention. For most though, there often seems to be a common sentiment shared by these overnight success stories…
It all didn’t happen overnight.
Listen to people talk about their meteoric rise and they will tell you that their success came only after years of practice, trying, failing, and trying again. Every one of them will credit their success to preparation and hard work. It makes sense too. Nobody picked up a guitar for the first time on Monday, wrote a song Tuesday, recorded it on Wednesday, sold 10 million copies Thursday and won a Grammy on Friday. Yes, success takes talent, but more often the prize goes to the person who simply worked harder than the rest.
In school (and in life) studying is one of the most critical components to success. It is also one of the most disliked parts of the educational process. There are as many ways to study as there are people and there really isn’t one sure fire way that will work for everyone. But the truth remains that those who are successful in finding an effective approach to studying will ultimately learn and achieve more.
In the lives of Christian men and women, the same simple idea holds true. It is astonishing just how many Christians try to navigate their daily lives without the benefit of spending time in the Bible. God has given us His word so that we might come to know Him and to learn how to live our lives here on earth as well as life eternal with Him in heaven. Yet like so many people who aspire to something better, they choose not to put in the work of reading, learning, and studying what God has done for us. This lack of studying may not eliminate salvation; Christ provided us this most undeserved gift without the slightest contribution on our part. However, not knowing and following God’s plan for our lives can keep us away from blessings that those who know the word can enjoy daily.
May we ask God to strengthen our faith and lead us to always seek His word and His will in all things.
Devotion by Richard Schumacher
LSEM Director of Programs & Services