Hearing God’s Word Through Others
Written By Ben Laur
The discipline of study involves carving time out of our “do more” culture to dig deep into the meaning of truth. One of the best places to study what God’s timeless word is speaking to us is to hear how a Christian leader in another time or culture is processing the truth of God’s word.
Charles Simeon (1759–1836) served as the vicar at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, England. He developed a reputation as a gifted pastor and preacher, and was also a significant figure in the missionary movement.
Read Luke 22:31-32, John 10:27-29
Below is an excerpt from Charles Simeon’s “Discourse 1576: The Means of Security from Satan’s Malice”, regarding Luke 22:31-32.
“They who know not Christ, are wholly under the power of Satan; but they who are Christ’s, have a watchful and almighty guardian. Our Lord provided for Peter’s safety, before Peter even knew his danger. Thus ‘will he keep the feet of all his saints.’ He will suffer none of them to be plucked out of his hand. If he permit Satan to sift them, it shall be only for the removing of their chaff. He has pledged his word for the security of the weakest of his people. Let us therefore commit ourselves entirely into his hands. Let us beg him to remember our unworthy names in his intercessions, and to deal with us as with Joshua of old.”
How does what Simeon says here illuminate the Biblical text further for you?
How does Simeon’s teaching on God’s word strengthen and encourage your heart in the face of trials?
Week 1 of 4 Study
Since the first human being was called to work and keep God’s creation, we have created tools to empower fruitful work. The same is true in our spiritual pursuit of prayer. The Psalms have been the refined tools of prayer for God’s people for millennia.
Though some practices of prayer are lacking or misunderstood in certain circles, we want to lean into them for our focus on the discipline of prayer. One such practice is imaginative prayer. Ignatius of Loyala (1491-1556) called this contemplation. Ignatius was convinced that God can speak to us by the power of the Spirit as surely through our imaginative efforts in Scripture as through our thoughts and memories of Scripture.
The disciplines are practices that the Spirit of God often uses to do His work of shaping us to be more like Jesus. In light of the sharpening article from Tuesday, practice the discipline of prayer in this way today.