Joshua 1:8 is the only place the word success is found in the King James translation. Success is the Hebrew word sakal, meaning to be prudent, be circumspect, to act wisely, to understand, to prosper, give attention to, consider, ponder, to have insight, have comprehension, to act circumspectly, act prudently.7
We can see from this verse that meditation is connected to wisdom. Meditation will help you access the wisdom of God. The key to success is wisdom.
Wisdom is one of the greatest benefits of meditating in the Word of God.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. —PROVERBS 4:7, KJV
The Good News Translation says it this way:
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do. Whatever else you get, get insight. —PROVERBS 4:7
Wisdom is best; wisdom is supreme. Wisdom is the first and primary thing you need to succeed in life.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. —PROVERBS 3:13–18, KJV
These verses emphasize the value of wisdom. It is more precious than rubies. Nothing compares to wisdom. Wisdom results in long life. Wisdom brings you to riches and honor. Wisdom leads to peace. Wisdom promotes happiness. This is what biblical meditation will produce in your life. Wisdom produces riches and honor. Wisdom will cause you to inherit substance. Wisdom will fill your treasures. (See Proverbs 8:18–21.)
When you find wisdom, you will find life. You will obtain the favor of the Lord (Prov. 8:35). This is also in line with the benefits of being in covenant with God.
John Eckhardt, God’s Covenant with You for Deliverance & Freedom, First edition. (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2014), 107–108.
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