We’re all now almost pros at social distancing, and it’s beginning to feel like groundhog day every day. But the plus side of this seismic shift in daily routines is the opportunity to spend more time reflecting on God, his Word, and life.
Here are five ideas to help you revive your spiritual life and refocus your attention on what matters most.
Read works by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In what’s been called the crown jewel of all his work, Ethics, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:
The decision about the whole of life depends on our relation to God’s revelation. Awareness of it is not only a step-by-step progress in the discovery of deeper and more inward realities, but this awareness is the turning point, the pivot, of all perception of reality as such.1
Bonhoeffer is perhaps best known for his resistance to the Nazis during WWII—opposition that cost him his life. This year is the 75th memorial of his martyrdom, and it’s a good time to dig into Ethics and further reflect on our relation to God’s revelation. Or explore other Bonhoeffer favorites:
Consider God’s work through the coronavirus
Amid the fear and uncertainty that has accompanied the novel coronavirus, it’s natural to wonder what God is doing. In Coronavirus and Christ, John Piper challenges readers to allow this unprecedented global pandemic to spur a transformation of our thoughts and emotions. You’ll explore who this God is who rules over the coronavirus—and what he is doing through it.
Reflect on God’s Word through a video devotional
Logos Mobile Ed is a fantastic way to learn and contemplate. We’ve designed a series of reflections of biblical passages from top scholars like Darrell Bock, Millard Erickson, and others to help nourish the spirit: Reflecting on the Word Video Devotionals. Each video includes more than 40 devotions keyed to seasons of the church year with accompanying Scripture and application questions.
Do a Bible word study
Studying words in their original languages brings your understanding of God’s Word to a different level. Try doing a Bible word study on an emotion—like rejoicing, weeping, hoping, or loving. With the Bible Word Study Guide in Logos Bible Software, it’s easy.
Explore the nouns used to describe God
In Who God Is: Meditations on the Character of Our God, world-renowned New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III explores the nature and character of the God of the Bible in a unique way—by focusing on the nouns used to describe who he is. This rich exploration has its foundation in a deep reading of the biblical text. Reflecting on these descriptions of God will give you a fresh understanding of the beauty and uniqueness of God’s character.