“There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life. I will be with you: I will not fail you, nor forsake you”.
Verse 8 tells us that meditating on God’s word is a perquisite for keeping it and living it, which in turn insures a life of prosperity and good success. This is very important to understand as peter tells us in 2nd Peter 1:3 that God’s divine power has given unto Us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, which means that everything we need to live well here on earth and the wherewithal to live a life pleasing to God has been made available to us through the power of God. But then that verse didn’t end there: it specified that there precious promises can be accessed only through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and goodness.
This goes to say that without knowledge of the owner of the divine power, we may have a tough time laying hold on the wonderful things so promised. This is where verse 8 of Joshua 1 comes to play: if you want to know God, go to his word.
Look at it this way; if for instance you wanted to know something about a man who lived a long time ago, say, Aristotle, you would have to source materials and read a whole lot about him and the works he had written. It is about the same thing.
Remember that Jesus is the word made flesh, and he is God as well. So if you really want to know God, bury your head in his word, meditate on it night and day, until it is written on the walls of yours heart. Do this until his word comes alive in your spirit; for God’s word is spirit and life: as he lives, so does his word. They are no ordinary words of Man’s wisdom, but are living words that have the capacity to turn a man’s life around.
As you do this, your mind is renewed, and your life is freshened, everyday. It gets to a point where you open your mouth and the word comes out. Words that are spirit and life, just as Jesus’ words were: Living words.
At this point, you will not have to go to the mountain to get thin for several days to get the word to work for you (that is not even the purpose for fasting, in the first place.). The word will always work for you, because you know the word, and are living word.
As Jesus says “you shall know the truth, and the truth (you know) will set you free”.
It is the word you know beyond every doubt that sets you free. If it’s not alive in your spirit, if it’s not in your heart, it remains latent. For it’s the word that goes forth that works: the bible says that you shall have what you say. You cannot say what you don’t know. Know the word, know God, speak the word, speak as God.