One of the most important ways that our relationship with God grows and thrives is through time spent with God. A way that has proved fruitful and beneficial in my own journey has been to read scripture in what is known as Lectio Divina. This is a method of reading scripture which encompasses four parts: reading, meditating, praying, and contemplation. This is a way of slowly digesting God’s written word by focusing on a specific verse and spending time seeking a deeper connection with God.
Before beginning Lectio Divina I have been aided by centering myself on stillness and peace in the use of scripture verses such as “Be still and know that I am God.” Then, begin by reading the verse you have selected out loud. Take a few moments to reflect on this, and then read the verse again aloud but this time put the emphasis on a different word. Repeat this process two more times, and often one can see a new understanding in the selected verse that otherwise would have proved difficult to see.
Lectio Divina is an ancient form of divine reading that allows one to be immersed in reflective listening to God in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. In my experience with Lectio Divina, new insight and understanding were given in unexpected ways. Words in favorite verses took on whole new meanings, and words that already had a certain amount of clarity in my life were given more clarity. Beware, however, of the possibility of the Holy Spirit challenging your assumptions because a deeper and slower reflection on and in the Word of God will invariably change and transform you because that is what the Holy Spirit does. Blessings on your time with God.
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke