Jim Rohn said, “Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done”. Anthony Robbins adds, “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives but what we do consistently”.

The difference between the righteous and the wicked is consistency. We need to do what is right on a daily basis. Although bad people sometimes do nice things and a righteous man sometimes does something that is wrong, it is the consistency of our actions that determines which group we are in. We are thankful for forgiveness because otherwise no one could be saved. Do we make a habit of putting God first in our lives or do we try to atone for a week of misdeeds on Sunday? Seven apples all at once could make a person sick, yet one a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, which is a really good thing for everyone except the doctor. There are many things we should do on a daily basis besides perhaps eating an apple. Certainly the daily Bible readings should be right at the top of everyone’s list of things to do each day. The thought from the Psalms, “Oh how love I thy law; it is my study all the day; it makes me wiser than my foes and keeps me in thy way” should be how we feel. God tells the children of Israel to memorise His law, to talk about it all the time, and to teach it to their children during all the activities of daily life, such as when walking, eating, going to bed or getting up in the morning. Why is this constant exposure important? As the Psalm says, not only does it help to keep us going in the right way serving our God, but also the study of the Word gives us wisdom – it makes us smarter than others.

Joshua was told to meditate on the law day and night, and that then he would be prosperous and successful. What do we think about when we can think about anything we want to think about? The answer to this question will help us determine just how spiritually minded we really are. A godly mind develops by thinking on godly things often. If our mind is filled with the worldly things around us then the meditation on God’s law and God’s love gets pushed aside. We need to be tuned in to God and His ways and laws every day. If we make the effort to realign our thinking to God’s standards and train our minds to meditate on the right things on a daily basis, or better yet, on an hourly basis or even a minute by minute basis, then, as the Psalm says, it will keep us, better than any apple could, on the road towards godly health. Prayer is an important part of meditating on God’s ways. Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. The Bible is full of examples of faithful men who prayed on a daily basis. Daniel prayed three times a day no matter what the king had decreed. “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being …open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” David declared in the Psalms, “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice”.

We need to read the Word of God, which is God speaking to us, and pray to Him often in order to be conversant with God. The disciples noticed how often Jesus prayed and asked him to teach them how to do it. When Jesus taught them to pray, he included asking God to give us this day our daily bread. We need physical bread, but we also need our spiritual bread, the bread of life, which is the Word of God, each day. Prayer and the Bible readings should be the most important things we do every day. Just as we cannot get the full benefit of a week’s worth of apples by eating seven apples all at once, we certainly need our spiritual food on a daily basis as well. When God decided to destroy the human race from off the earth, he found only Noah who was different. “And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth: both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

What was so bad about Noah’s times? Jesus described the wicked conditions that existed then: “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all”. Eating and drinking, and getting married? What is so bad about that? That was all they did. They had no time for God. Today our world has no time for God. They are too busy living their everyday lives. We have to be different. Every single day we need to make time to read His Word and pray, or else we are just too busy.

Let us take heart to the words of the Psalmist who tells us, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers”.