WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
“They searched the Scriptures day after day”
Acts 17:11 (NLT)
THE WORD: SEARCH DAILY
A little boy opened the big family Bible at home. He was fascinated as he searched through the old pages. Suddenly something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it closely. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. “Mamma, look what I found,” the boy called out. “What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered: “I think it’s Adam’s underwear.”
When we search God’s Word we are more likely to hear God’s voice. The crowd in Berea, in Acts 17, “searched the Scriptures day after day.” Some have called them honest skeptics. The word used for “searched” can mean to interrogate, to cross-examine or to put through a course of questioning as when one is questioned and examined by a judge in a court of law. It was often used in secular Greek for the interrogation of a prisoner. It was also used for a judicial examination before the final verdict was rendered. Before the Bereans would render a final verdict on Paul’s preaching, they would carefully sift through what he had said and more importantly what God said.
God is not afraid of our questions. In fact, the Bible encourages us to dig in and search for truth. If we only occasionally open God’s word and never really dig in, we are less likely to hear what God wants us to hear. Do you spend time in the Bible daily? If you are eager to hear from God, take time daily to search His Word.
Praise God that His Word stands the test of investigation. Thank Him for giving us daily nourishment from the Bible. Ask Him to grow your desire for daily Bible study.