The Bible has always been my primary means of grace, more so than any other spiritual discipline. I can lose track of time while “searching the scriptures.” Like a benevolent black hole, the Bible pulls me into itself, and sometimes I have trouble getting out of it.
Honestly, this has set the stage for an imbalanced spirituality. It helped some to realize that lectio divina is a form of prayer, but I have still had to work at not neglecting a full-orbed devotional life. The instituted (piety/inward) and prudential (mercy/outward) means of grace are all necessary.
But despite the temptation to imbalance, I am grateful for the priority of Scripture. It stands as a reminder of the primacy or revelation. God always speaks the first word; my life is a response to revelation.
Often this comes as I read the Bible. But it can also come through reading good literature, through a conversation, through contemplation, or through some blessing given me by nature. In these ways, and more, I am taught that revelation is always first. And even though I still have to guard against imbalance, the primacy of revelation puts things in the order God wills for my life.