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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 8, 2022

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SATURDAY, January 8                  Harriet Bedell

Exodus 17:6 “I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.

The Israelites have been traveling for many years, living off the manna provided by God. In this lesson, they arrive at Rephidim on their way to the wilderness of Sinai. And they are thirsty. Moses cries to the Lord, “What shall I do?” The Lord tells Moses that he will strike a rock and water will come forth.

This act of making water come out of stone is a symbol of how divine truth can arise from seemingly inanimate objects. God shows Moses that wisdom can be found in the hardest places. God hands this power of wisdom extraction to Moses, who then performs the mighty act before the elders, offering respite to a thirsty people. The truth of God is in the power, made possible through God, to pull life out of stubborn places.

MOVING FORWARD: What wisdom have you learned from a particular hard time in life? How can you share that experience with others?

Pray for the Diocese of Jabalpur (North India)

Ps 117, 118 * 112, 113 | Exodus 17:1-7 | Colossians 1:15-23 | John 7:37-52

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