Paradoxes to a Healthy Devotional Life–Part 1

February 10, 2009 — 1 Comment

I’ve been really enjoying my time of devotion with God recently.  It’s always good to be alone with God and His word, but my recent time with him has been especially refreshing.

My approach to my personal time with God was profoundly affected by a book I read back in college called, The Table of Inwardness, by Calvin Miller.

In his book he identifies 3 paradoxes to a healthy devotional life.

par·a·dox (pàr¹e-dòks´) noun

  • A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true: the paradox that standing is more tiring than walking.
  • An assertion that is essentially self-contradictory, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
  • A statement contrary to received opinion.

 1.  Aloneness-is-Presence:  It’s amazing that we can be alone and still be in the presence of God.

  • Inner silence is best achieved in a place of outer silence.
  • In Matthew 6 Jesus refers to a prayer closet.  Do you have a place where you can go and be quiet before God?

2. Retreat-is-Advancement:  In the book of Mark we read that Jesus retreated 10x’s.

  • Do you take time off?
  • Sometimes Satan gets us doing so many things that we can’t do any of them well.

 3.  Beyond-is-Within:  The Christ who dwells in eternity seeks to have intimate fellowship with us.

  • Are you making time to understand what Paul meant when he wrote, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory“?  Colossians 1:27

     

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One response to Paradoxes to a Healthy Devotional Life–Part 1

  1. 

    Aaron,
    David Roadcup gave me a copy of this book…. It is a treasure of wisdom and encouragement. Thanks for reminding me of it.

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