Physical and mental wellbeing has become a particularly concerning topic in today’s environment, especially when we heard that the 4th wave of Covid is coming. The question of how to strengthen one’s immune system has become a hot topic for everyone. According to doctor’s recommendations, supplementing vitamins and protein at suitable times and quantities is a significant element of maintaining a healthy body and spirit. At the same time, a normal and stable work/rest balance is crucial to health. When epidemic diseases are attacking human beings in the society, people need to increase their awareness of these healthy elements in order to keep well.
To Christians, maintaining spiritual wellbeing is also something which cannot be neglected. Similar to maintaining good health for the body, some nutrients need to be supplemented daily. Daily devotion can be seen as the vitamins and proteins to maintain our spiritual health. Devotion is a time a person makes to meet with God alone. Some people will read a passage in the Bible and to contemplate on the meaning of a verse; some will pray to God and cry out a need; or some will listen to a sharing or sermon on a website. It does not matter which format you use and whether the duration is 15, 30 minutes or an hour. This devotion time is to help us strengthen our inner spiritual foundation. Otherwise, our spiritual lives are difficult to grow. We should know very well what Jesus has said, that Christians are like branches and need to remain in the vine. The practice of devotion is a good opportunity when we can remain in Him. During the process of devotion, we endeavour to quieten our hearts, eagerly listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and be transformed by God’s words.
The world around us is filled with all kinds of noises. With our very busy lives and work, it is not easy to walk wholeheartedly on the heavenly path without being distracted by the world. In other words, our spiritual wellbeing is often full of challenges and disturbances. To defend against outside attack, we would need to have the rich nutrients to supply our daily needs. Let’s pray that God will enable us to establish stable devotional time amongst our busy schedules, that we can get close alone to Him and seek Him. Then, even with the stormy rain outside in this world our inner hearts can still meet with God and receive wisdom and rest that come from God alone.