Sunday, February 25, 2018

Words from the Wise

Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.
Proverbs 1:20,23 (NLT)

The following excerpts from wise men of faith have helped reshape my devotional time. They suggest refreshing perspectives and practices for our time with God:

Listen, O Lord, to my prayers. Listen to my desire to be with you, to dwell in your house, and to let my whole being be filled with your presence. But none of this is possible without you. When you are not the one who fills me, I am soon filled with endless thoughts and concerns that divide me and tear me away from you. Even thoughts about you, good spiritual thoughts, can be little more than distractions when you are not their author…
    No book, no idea, no concept or theory will ever bring me close to you unless you yourself are the one who lets these instruments become the way to you.
– From A Cry for Mercy by Henri J.M. Nouwen, twentieth century Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian

    Be sure to read, not cursorily or hastily, but leisurely, seriously, and with great attention; with proper pauses and intervals, and that you may allow time for the enlightening of the divine grace. To this end, recollect, every now and then, what you have read, and consider how to reduce it to practice.
– by John Wesley (Classics of Western Spirituality Series), 1700’s co-founder of the Methodist church

Lord, listen to my desire to be with you. (tweet this)

Devotions and prayer aren’t tasks to check off, but rather time to be filled with God’s Spirit and wisdom.

Let’s slow our pace, open our souls, and let Him speak.

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