Daily Delight

Friday, April 10, 2015

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17

Over the last few days or so, I have been pondering why it's so hard for me to read the Bible everyday. I would like to blame my crazy-busy-chaotic life for it, but if we're being honest, there is no true excuse this at all. 

Why is it so easy for us to read an entire book series, but not the God-inspired book that gives our lives meaning? 

Maybe it's because we've turned the gift of reading the Bible into the tediousness of a chore. Christianity may not be dependent upon our academic inclinations, but all Christians should always strive to be a person who is of the Bible. The Bible should always a book that we are eager to open. But, like I said, if you're anything like me, it feels like a chore. Here are a few reasons why it may feel that way for you, too: 

1) We treat it like a project. The Bible does not have to be read in a year, the New Testament does not have to read in 30 days, and your reading plan does not have to dictate how often you read the Word. We get so set on our reading plans that we end up feeling like we are participating in some type of project. The Bible is not a project. It is the Book that gives your entire life meaning, and you should be reading it every day, for all of your days. 

2) We're lazy. This is probably the largest reason it's so hard for us to read the Bible. There are a lot of things that do not make sense within it, and it takes time trying to figure the underlying meaning out. As a result, we don't prioritize the Bible like we should. We choose television or other book series instead. How easy it is to fall into this trap! And it's so hard to get out of it once we fall in. 

So, what's the solution? 

Willingness, desire, discipline, and patience.

A willing desire to read the Bible, discipline to stick with it, and patience to understand the things that don't make sense to you. It's not easy to get into the habit of reading the Bible, and you will certainly struggle here and there. But, there will certainly be small triumphs and large understandings along the way that give your life even more meaning and, as a result, will provide for you the fuel to continue reading. Pray for this desire, this discipline, and this patience. God desires to make His strength your own, and I guarantee that if you seek His strength in approaching His Word for you, He'll give it to you. God is not disappointed in you for struggling with this, but He is waiting for you. Just like we should be patient with His Word, He is patient with us. My prayer for those who struggle with reading the Bible (myself included) is that we stop neglecting it and start pursuing it. 

God gave us the Bible to transform us. May it do just that for you. 


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