“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

Congratulations on completing your One Month to Love Challenge!  You are growing in your relationships as you grow in your faith.  These Lectio Divinas have offered us a new practice to perfect our faith and enrich our relationship with Christ.  As we meditate on His divine and sacred readings, the Bible becomes more than just a written word.  We begin to experience the Living Word, Jesus Himself, who alone brings us life!  God never intended the Bible to simply be an academic study.  In fact, in John 5:39-40 Jesus once said to the religious leaders of His day, You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”  The point of God’s Word is to point us to Him.

Today’s final Lectio Divina encourages us to keep on keeping on! Continue to meditate daily on God’s Word.  The whole bible is before you.  Read it systematically.  Read it prayerfully.  Pray it back to God and as you meditate on its life-giving truths allow the Holy Spirit to speak God’s Word into your life and guide you in all truth. As I read the bible daily, there are times when a verse or phrase will leap off the page at me.  In those times, I pause and read that passage out loud.  I consider that time a sacred moment when God is wanting to speak to me or commune with me.

In today’s Lectio Divina meditate on the instruction that God gave Joshua as he took the leadership over the nation of Israel.  Moses had mentored him well.  But if Joshua was to be successful, he needed more than all that Moses had modeled.  He needed his own personal connection with God.  Read this passage out loud several times and see what God may be saying to you as well.

God offers us the key to success in life.  You’ve already begun using it.  Don’t quit.  Continue to meditate on His Word and practice the presence of God. Keep a journal of your encounters to encourage future generations.