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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 16, 2022

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TUESDAY August 16

John 5:39-40 You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

I love the prayers, music, and sermons in church on Sunday. Sometimes, though, when I’m distracted, all I hear are words, not meaning. I’m like a student struggling to learn a new language. Words, after all, are more than letters arranged neatly in a row; they have context, history, and significance.

“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life,” says Jesus to those persecuting him because he broke sabbath laws by healing the sick and lame. The point is not that we shouldn’t study the words of the Bible; after all, these words testify to who he is. Rather, Jesus is saying that if we go to the Word itself, to him, we will feel his presence and see his works.

If we want life, not merely words, we need to ask Jesus to abide in us. Only in that way can we understand the Word and find eternal life.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you keep the words of Jesus from going in one ear and out the other? How can you truly live into the Word of God?

PRAY for the Diocese of Melbourne, Australia

Ps [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127] | Judges 18:1-15 | Acts 8:1-13 | John 5:30-47

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