Seeking God

Read: Psalm 46

Be still, and know that I am God. (v. 10)

Here is a recap of our definition of spiritual formation so far: “Christian spiritual formation is the process of being conformed into the image of Christ, through an intimate relationship with God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to live a good and beautiful life . . .”

Spiritual formation is not a hobby for religious types. It is necessary work for each Christ-follower. Spiritual formation is first and foremost for me: I must become a “peculiar” person whose life is defined by humility, service, and submission before I am of any value to others. It’s a lifelong practice of letting go and allowing God to be in charge.

Spiritual exercises are the way to Christian growth, a means to put ourselves in touch with God. The exercises are of no value unless they increase our intimacy with God. A soul-training exercise is not just something to check off your to-do list; however, you might have to put it on your list until you develop habits of nurturing your friendship with God. Your goal is intimacy with God; your means are the spiritual disciplines; being intentional about your practices is the key.

Brother Lawrence, a 17th-century Carmelite lay brother, and modern mystic Frank Laubach both devoted their lives to maintaining intimacy with God. One of their spiritual exercises was “checking in” with God minute by minute. —Karen Bables

As you pray, commit to checking in with God throughout your day.

About the Author

Karen Bables is the retired Spiritual Director of Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan.

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Introduction to Spiritual Formation