“Stop telling me to read my Bible…”
This will be a surprise to no one, but here at St Andrew’s we will never stop beating that drum to remind you the importance of reading your Bible everyday.
Ask for a humble and teachable heart as we approach the Bible.
Why? Well, let me just give you a few reasons:
1. It’s Precious… more than gold and sweeter than honey (Psalm 19:10)
2. It’s Powerful… living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword to pierce deep into the heard and discern one’s thoughts and intentions (Hebrews 4:12)
3. It’s Profitable… breathed out by God for teaching, reproof, correction, and for training in righteousness to equip God’s people for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
4. It’s Permanent… in the light of eternity, God’s word is the only thing that matters and will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8)
I assume what most Christians struggle with is not that they don’t agree with the list above, but that they just can’t seem to put daily Bible-reading into practice.
Where would you start? I’ve got a few tips for that too:
Even if it’s just 15 minutes meditating on a few verses, try to force yourself to be disciplined and spend some time reading the Bible every day. Perhaps start by going through a gospel or part of the Psalms.
Make it fun.
Sit in a comfortable chair with a soft cushion and a nice hot cuppa… or whatever you find enjoyable as you crack open your Bible. This is a treat, not a chore.
Make it personal.
Reflect on how you can apply or appreciate the truth in that passage in a more personal way in your life.
Pray a lot.
We need help from God to open our spiritually blind eyes so that we can understand and respond to his word. Ask for a humble and teachable heart as we approach the Bible.
God’s word is an endless treasure trove that encourages and challenges us as the ultimate anchor in an ever-shifting world. I pray that you’ll be able to find much joy in spending more time in your Bible everyday and be rewarded with the priceless gems it has to offer.
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