Josh Reed is one of our brightest recent graduates from Southeastern Seminary. Josh has contributed an encouraging brief essay on the practice of lectio divina to December’s alumni e-newsletter. He notes,
To get to the point, there is a tendency to “flatten” the words of God when we approach them hurried. Within the atmosphere of busyness, our mindset as creatures tends to run towards “tell me what to do” so I can make sure I’m “good” and get on with other matters. But to feast on the Word made flesh, we must linger and respond thoughtfully and faithfully to God’s self-revelation.
Josh’s solution to this unfortunate trend is to recover spiritual reading for the sake of spiritual transformation. This is a helpful word for Southern Baptists and other evangelicals. To paraphrase John Piper, don’t waste your daily quiet time! I would encourage you to read Josh’s whole essay.