Many times we read our Bible in a hurry. Then, we get busy through the day and forget to meditate on it. Later, we wonder why we did not hear any new truths that day or why we feel so empty. I like what Calhoun says on page 173, “Just as moving a prism reveals different bands of color, meditation allows God to shine His truth and light into our hearts.” Taking time to meditate, allows God the opportunity to reveal Himself in ways we could not have imagined.
This week, as I read again chapter 9 of Mulholland’s book, I pictured that scaffold made up of the classical disciplines. I had a scaffold on the brain today, because I heard of a man who fell off one this morning and died. Whether he lost his balance or slid off somehow, the scaffold failed.
But the spiritual scaffold of prayer, reading and liturgy cannot fail. We stand on this and build on these disciplines as we grow in Christ. Instead of trusting in a framework made by hands, we trust in these disciplines to lead us closer to God. When it comes to reading the Bible, “Instead of coming to the text with our agenda, we come in a posture of openness to God’s agenda. We we read attentively, seeking not to cover as much as possible as quickly as possible but to plum the depths of the text so that the text may plum the depths of our being and doing.” (Mulholland, P. 128).
Perhaps the man who died was trying to do as much as possible as quickly as possible. I do not know. But we can trust that if we put these spiritual disciplines in practice, God will never let us fall.
Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 2005
Mulholland, M. Robert, Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 2016