Going through seminary, students are taught to study the Bible and uphold its doctrines about God while also being encouraged not to neglect their devotional times with God. Yet during my own devotional time I, and probably many others, often ask, “Is this approach the best way to grow spiritually, or is there a better way? What could I do differently? Can I use a commentary with my devotions?”
From time to time, one can wonder how scholars and seminary professors manage to continue to grow spiritually while fulfilling their dizzying responsibilities with family, work, and ministry. Each week, I’ll ask a different scholar two questions about how he or she spends time with the Lord and continues to love him with all their mind, strength, and heart. This isn’t to hold each interviewee up as a model, but to give others ideas of how to think about our devotionals from those who teach us.
No one method or style is “the only way,” but we can draw on one another’s experiences. I have received a variety of responses so far, and some do the same thing every day, while others change it up when what they are doing becomes dry and almost boring. Some stay very basic (read the Bible and pray). Others read through devotionals, books, or parts of a commentary.
I imagine that many scholars, professors, and pastors are more often asked questions about biblical details than they are about their personal devotions and love for Christ. Each person interviewed is different, but they all have a deep love for the Lord. Many have expressed their appreciation for my questions, and I hope their answers encourage you in your own devotion to God. Posts will be up every Tuesday morning (depending on where you live in the world)!