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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. – Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

A new study of DNA is the science of ‘epigenetics’, which is the study of how your behaviours and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work. There is a reason why God has given us this instruction in Joshua 1 to keep His Word in our mind.

In Deuteronomy 6 we see the Israelites being given the instruction to bind the words to their hands, in front of their eyes and write them on the doorposts of their homes. The purpose of this is to keep the Word of God in our daily lives. Today we might place a Scripture on the wall of our home or on a welcome mat at the door, but nothing like what the early Israelites did. When I look around at people today the small phylactery that they have placed in front of their eyes is in the form of a mobile phone. It would be nice to think that they are using their YouVersion app, but I don’t think so.

The instruction to Joshua is what he was used to doing as he was Moses’s assistant who was probably in the Tent of Meeting inscribing what was being said into the ‘Book of the Law’ (Torah). For Joshua to meditate on the Word day and night was nothing new, but for many of us we have lost the art of meditating on the Word. The promise in Joshua is that if we do this and observe what it says we will have success. Read the rest of the Book of Joshua and look at his success, he walked into and conquered the land that had been promised to his people.

My challenge for this year is to meditate more and deeper into the Word of God. Why don’t you join me and let’s all go deeper and see how our lives change as our DNA gets modified for the better.

Lord thank you for your Word. I pray that your Scriptures will become alive in my life and that as I meditate on your Words an understanding and hunger for more will develop in my daily walk. Help me keep your Words on my lips and in my mind daily. With your Word change me into the person you created me to be. Amen.


THIS DEVOTIONAL IS WRITTEN BY James Williamson, Mission Partner – Church Relations, BIBLE SOCIETY NZ


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