Author: Pope Shenouda III
The Scriptures, too, helps us build the inner work by contemplating on verses. I am very surprised at and impressed by Joshua, the son of Nun, who came after Moses and was the leader of the army. He led the people into the Promised Land. This means that he was the leader of an army that was not less than 400, 000 men. Still God told him, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night” (Joshua 1:8).
Is he free to do so? He is a leader who is responsible for many people and God is telling him you should contemplate it day and night and act accordingly!
We should at least meditate in the verses that touch our hearts and minds. Like King David when he said, “How sweet are thy words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Do we find the Scriptures, while reading it, like honey in our mouths? Do we read it day and night for spiritual benefit? Do we read it with depth and understanding?
We have to read the Scriptures with understanding, depth, spirituality and meticulousness as much as we can. It does not matter how much we read, it is important to read a part that affects us and touches our hearts, minds and inner feelings.
Ref: Tamav Erene Leader and mother in the monastic pastures (book 4), p. 97-8