Isn’t this great news? When God speaks, there is life and power. His Word gets to the heart of things as they are and does remarkable work in our lives. But sometimes the way we engage the Scriptures does not open us to its transforming capacity.
Many of us have read and studied the Scriptures for accurate information about God for our lives, and this is helpful and good. But it is also helpful to engage the Scriptures with not only our thinking minds, but with our heart and our soul as well. The ancient practice of engaging the Scriptures more holistically like this is called Lectio Divina, a practice that enables Christ-followers even today to engage the Scriptures in a more transformative way. In his book Shaped by the Word, Robert Mulholland says that “with informational reading you can run in, sit down, pick up the book, and go at it. It doesn’t require any prior preparation. Formational reading, however, requires time to ‘center down,’ to use the old Quaker phrase, to become still, to relinquish, to let go of your life in the presence of God” (p.57-58).
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