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? Should I incorporate my studies with my devotions?”
Each week, I 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. While no one method or style is “the only way,” we can draw on one another’s experiences.
This week, I have asked Dr. Douglas Stuart if he would share his thoughts with us.
1. How do you spend your devotional time with the Lord?
Dr. Douglas Stuart is Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Stuart has written commentaries on Exodus, Ezekiel, and Hosea through Jonah, along with books on Reading the Bible (Old Testament Exegesis, How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth, and How to Read the Bible Book by Book).