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.
I had always wondered why the Torah (the first five books of Moses) is read out loud by the Jews. Then, a Jewish Christian told me that for generations, they read God’s Word out loud because of Joshua 1:8—“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night…”
The word “meditate” in English means to ponder. But in Hebrew, it is the word hagah, which means to utter or mutter under your breath. In other words, when you meditate on God’s Word, you speak forth or confess His Word instead of just giving it mental assent.
Hagah God’s Word by confessing verses in the areas that you are believing God for breakthroughs. Confess verses like, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty…” (Proverbs 3:9–10) What a great way to experience a prosperous and successful business!
“But I‘m waiting for God to make my way prosperous.”
No, the Bible says that you will make your way prosperous when you hagah God’s Word. So speak forth verses in the areas that you want to see breakthroughs and you will have good success.
Some people have success that destroys them—you don’t see them in church anymore and their family members don’t get to see them either. That is bad success. But when you hagah God’s Word, you will have good success that does not destroy you.
Now, confessing God’s Word does not move God to do things for you. It is not a formula. God had already moved when He gave up Jesus to die for you. However, when you confess His Word, it moves you from a position of doubt to faith. It moves your heart from a position of “Is it true?” to “I believe it!” When that happens, “you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”!