Today’s Bible Reading and an Excerpt
If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.
More thoughts for meditation
There is a great deal of turmoil in our country and around the world right now, especially politically. When chaos abounds we may momentarily lose our center in Christ. This week let’s use the simple letter from John the Elder to remind us of who we are.
“There is no new technique for entrance upon this stage where the soul in its deeper levels is continuously at Home in Him. The process of inward prayer does not grow more complex, but more simple. In the early weeks we begin with simple, whispered words. Formulate them spontaneously, “Thine only. Thine only.” Or seize upon a fragment of the Psalms: “so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.” Repeat them inwardly, over and over again. For the conscious cooperation of the surface level is needed at first, before prayer sinks into the second level as habitual divine orientation. Change the phrase, as you feel led, from hour to hour or from forenoon to afternoon. If you wander, return and begin again. But the time will come when verbalization is not so imperative, and yields place to the attitudes of soul which you meant the words to express, attitudes of humble bowing before God, attributes of lifting high your while being before God that the Light may shine into the last crevice and drive away all darkness, attitudes of approach and nestling in the covert of God’s wings, attitudes of amazement and marvel at God’s transcendent glory, attitudes of self-abandonment, attitudes of feeding in an inward Holy Supper upon the Bread of Life. If you find, after a time, that these attitudes become diffused and vague, no longer firm-textured, then return to verbalizations and thus restore their solidity.”
The process of inward prayer does not grow more complex, but more simple. The depths of the Water stage aren’t always new, profound truths previously unknown. Rather, they are often simple truths more deeply experienced. Try reading the whole book (it’s just one chapter) every day this week. Focus in on the excerpt above. Read it several times and take an extended rest with these words. Read them slowly. Let them sit in you as you sit with them.
Suggestion for Action
Finally, receive the words from John the Elder as words from someone who experienced “water” himself. Receive this promise as you enter your day. Are you a protector of the church? Are you mindful as an elder would be?
If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement.
Walk today with these words on your heart: “Thine only. Thine only.”