Spiritual Practice as the Way to Navigate Difficult Times
Jesus introduced his followers to a whole new way of living that was applicable in whatever situation or circumstance they would face. People would know whose disciples they were by the commands they kept and the way they lived. Jesus challenged his followers to do all he commanded them. His invitation wasn’t limited to the faithful few. He included you. It is still as transformational for you today as it was then for them.
Consider three simple rules as a way you can organize your life according to the Way of Jesus: 1) Be with Jesus; 2) Become like Jesus; 3) Do what Jesus did.
Begin with solitude and silence. Invite the Holy Spirit into your mind and heart. It is tempting to do all the talking. But, practice self-control and stop to listen. Sometimes we are the instigator of our own chaos. Stop. Slow down. Hurry is a great enemy of the spiritual life.
Select scripture. Allow God’s Word to saturate you. Meditate on it and activate your imagination. Here are some to choose from or select your own:
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him. Psalm 4:3
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
We approach the Bible and spiritual practices as apprentices, not critics. Give yourself permission to trust the Word and Jesus, regardless what you think or what others have told you. God is reliable. He is faithful. God has plans you know nothing about and can work incredible good out of evil and desolation. Be open to God. Release any preconceived ideas and look for Jesus as he leads you along the path of righteousness.