“People in churches—including pastors—have been crushed with guilt over their failure at having a regular quiet time or daily devotions. And then even when they do, they find it does not actually lead to a healthy soul.” (Dallas Willard quoted in Ortberg’s book)
After I got done jumping up and down at Dallas Willard’s statement recounted by John Ortberg, I read on: The Law of Consequences: “Apparently we believe that by some magic, the law of consequences doesn’t apply to us.
• I can spend without getting into debt.
• I can lie without getting caught.
• I can let my temper fly without damaging my relational life.
• I can have a bad attitude at work and get away with it.
• I can avoid disciplining my children without their getting spoiled.
• (and then the zinger) I can neglect the Bible and still know God.” (Parenthesis mine)
Why do I call it the zinger? Well, in yesterday’s Victory Call I spoke of Willard’s quote about people feeling guilty because they were not having a regular quiet time. (I have felt that.) There is no guilt to be had; however, there are consequences of not spending time with Jesus – the Living Word through the Written Word.
The Bible is THE primary way God has chosen to reveal Himself to us. Are there other ways? Yes, but let me say it again. The Bible is THE primary way God has chosen to reveal Himself to us.
How can I claim to want to know God better, love Him more and obey Him fully when I am not regularly exposing my heart and soul to Him through His Word and prayer?
I am not, by any means trying to lay guilt on you. Not by any means!! I am seeking to give us a different perspective that may encourage us to delight to be with the Lover of our souls as often as we can.
Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.