One Year Bible Meditation
by Gary T. Panell
Look what Joshua 1:8 says: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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.” The point of reading God’s Word should be to meditate on it so we will know what God wants, and in this way we can do what He wants, and as a result we will have success in our lives!
We need to chew the “cud,” so to speak, like those sheep in Psalm 23 that lie down in green pastures, beside the still waters. The sheep are not standing up and rushing around! They are in a peaceful mood and reflecting as they eat! The result of this meditation on the Word, as it says in Psalm 23, will be to have your soul restored, and then you can be led in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake!
Some other verses you want to consider when thinking of Bible meditation are: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 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 1:1-3) Think about this concept of day and night meditation, how could you make this work? You could have the Old Testament in the morning and the New in the evening, or you could go with the New in the morning and the Old in the evening. Maybe you want to do both and have the poetry section in the evening.
Warning!! My New Year’s resolution was to read the Bible each day, using a one-year reading chart. For sometime I did not get started reading the Bible every day, because usually I missed the first day of the year to start. I thought; now that I have missed it. I better wait until next year to start; this is a trap of Satan, he does not want you to ever start meditating on God’s. Word! Or another trap of Satan is when you miss some time reading, for one reason or another, you will think, now I have to make those days up. It is better to just start on today’s date and keep going, trying never to miss from here on out! Remember to take your Bible with you if you go on vacation, etc. Probably the best advice I can give is: “Do not wait until the first of the year to get started, start today on today’s date!” Something else you might think about is using the free Gideons Bible App to have your devotions. This the Bible in dramatized audio, in many languages of the world. Just go to the App store on your cell phone and down load free: Gideons Bible App
A One-Year Bible Meditation Chart (Joshua 1:8) Year One