Meditatio

Romans 15:4, For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.

Luther puts it best, “Truly, you cannot read in Scripture too much, and what you do read you cannot read too well, and what you read well you cannot understand too well, and what you understand well you cannot teach too well, and what you teach well you cannot live too well…” (from Luther’s preface to Johann Spangenberg, German Postil, Luther’s Works 60:285). He continues, saying the Devil, the world, and the flesh are “raging against us.” Although he does not use the language here, no doubt he is speaking of his coined theology: oratio, meditatio, tentatio, particularly meditatio here.

The world constantly opposes us and hates us, the Devil tempting our flesh (tentatio), and so we are constantly driven to prayer (oratio) and dependence on God’s Word (meditatio). We must constantly be driven to the Word every day of our lives. This is why I try to write a devotion every day with my reflections on Scripture and share it with you all. Not only do I benefit from it, since the Holy Spirit is doing His work in me, but perhaps some of you may benefit from my reflections as well. At least that is what I pray.

So, the Devil, the world, and the flesh constantly rage against us. Thanks be to God for the Scriptures—His Word to us to instruct us and encourage us in the midst of our constant tentatio. Especially as they tell us and remind us of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. In His Word, Christ proclaims, “I forgive you your sins,” and His Word tells us of the resurrection to come when He returns. Our hope is not a 50/50 chance of this happening—it is not a, “Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see.” Our hope is a knowing of our Lord’s glorious return.

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