I don’t know about you, but sometimes the enemy likes to keep me chomping away at some past hurt or current concern. At that moment, I remind myself of our coonhound, Maggie, who will occasionally run across an old, dried-out bone, and she will just gnaw and gnaw, desperately hoping for some fresh taste of marrow to seep through and tantalize her once again. Yep, that would be me. A little thing will cross my mind and, before you know it, I’m sitting there just a chomping and chewing away on that old, dried-out thought. The difference between Maggie and me is that I know nothing of value is going to come out of this endeavor…no matter how diligently I work at it. I will simply be left with disappointed hope burning raw in my heart and mind, rendering me useless for my daily assignment from God. Such is the malignant intent of the enemy–a useless Christian.
Each one of God’s children has a custom-designed assignment, which the Lord has put at his/her disposal. Joshua was charged with leading the valiant warriors of Israel into conquest of Canaan. I’m entrusted with raising two heirs of God’s kingdom, who will ultimately bow before His throne in unadulterated worship. Though both commissions are entirely different, both have been placed in the hands of humans to bring about. As we all know, of course, human beings tend to be rather wayward at heart. They frequently require daily promptings to keep on track with their divine missions.
I think God had man’s obdurateness well in mind when He bespoke to Joshua: “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 success” (Joshua 1:8). Comprehending that humans are determined to gnaw on something, He gave us exactly what it is we should be gnawing on: God’s Word. To meditate, according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, means: “To dwell on any thing in thought; to contemplate; to study; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind.” We are to grab the deep things of Scripture, and turn them over and over in our minds, mulling them repetitively until they take root and become a part of us. When they then become a part of our very essence, we will be able to act on them regardless of the situation, and, in God’s eyes, we will have attained true success. Our ways will be rich with the goodness of God.
I honestly have no desire to be a useless Christian in the Kingdom of God, yet I acknowledge that I am capable of repeatedly chewing on any old bone the enemy tosses my way. I find, however, that the more I meditate on God’s Word, the quicker I am to be repulsed by that abhorrent behavior. I am not an animal; I am a unique hand-creation by an Almighty God, who designed me to reflect His image. He fashioned me for a beautiful and perfect plan, of which dried-out bones have no part.
“O, taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8)