How often do you ask yourself why read the Bible? If so, why? In fact, this is one of the most common questions to date.
Does reading the Bible feel like a drag and doesn’t make a difference? Do you recognize nothing in reading the Bible? If so, you are not alone. The same happened to me, I found it hard to just open the Bible and read.
There were times when I set my alarm to get up early so I can spend time reading the Bible, yet once the alarm went off I turned it off or set it for later the majority of the time. Or every time I opened my Bible I immediately remembered 100 other things I’d rather be doing. I’m not perfect and neither are you.
Well, as believers we all know that reading the Bible is essential. But, quite frankly, we often find it difficult to understand and apply. You may say ‘I’ve tried that, and it doesn’t work’. My answer to you is that you may be such a novice at this, like a child who knows nothing about religion. The fact is true, you just need practice. So, why should we read the Bible?
Why Should I Read the Bible?
Can you answer what most prevents you from reading the Bible on a regular basis? We have time to do just about everything else, but when it comes to reading the Bible we usually say ‘Well, look at the time, I have to go’. After all, sleeping is better than reading, right?
Those moments when you don’t want to read the Bible should be an indicator to you that you need to read it. The true feelings lie. However, the fact is true, every time I felt like reading it, it could take days or even weeks.
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If your heart is not feeling anything, try to say to your heart ‘Wake up!’ Try to place your heart into what you have seen with your eyes or heard with your ears. In fact, there is something you can do. Every time I rush from one task to the next or to the church, I pause. I take time to look at trees, leaves, grass or close my eyes and turn my face into the wind, breeze the air. Thus, I feel like I push the nose of my heart up into nature. It’s so stunning, just ‘Whoa’. Believe me, it wouldn’t hurt to try it.
How to Start Enjoying Reading the Bible?
Face it, every time you want to make big decisions in life – whether about a new job, a relationship or anything else – you turn to God. Most of us have experienced it at some point. However, the fact is true, that is not always easy. The good news is that you are not alone.
The first step in getting into enjoying your Bible reading is to pinpoint ‘why is it important to read the Bible?’. The fact of the matter is that the Bible is thousands of years yet it’s still saying new things these days. Our task is just to listen to those things. That is why you should read the Bible. The more you read, the more attentive you become to the present.
If you face challenges when reading the Bible, start reading it with others. Never miss a beat to listen to it or watch it being performed on stage or on-screen. It’s exactly like driving, sometimes you get lost, sometimes you get roads you don’t want to take, sometimes you drive alone at night and can get scary, but the key will always be to keep driving and steer the wheel to the direction that leads you home. The same with the Bible.
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You know, one of the most common reasons I hear floating around is that people want to stay in their current state of mind and lifestyle. Many of them just say ‘I can’t find the time’, but what they really say is ‘I don’t want to change’. All of us have those moments of ‘I don’t want’. But life doesn’t work that way. Face it, when we need something, we make time for it.
How to Understand the Bible Better?
Do you have children, besides? Do you read the Bible to them on a regular basis? If not, what keeps you from reading with them?
Start reading it with children. Begin with the answer ‘Why’. Try to apply what you read to your real life. But you know what can work better? You. Give them an example to follow. Why would your child want to read the Bible if you don’t, right?
Try starting small. Day after day you can get yourself into the habit of reading the Bible and at the end, you’ll be surprised with the results and impact it can have on your lives. But it’s essential if you are going to make progress. And try to keep the process simple.
By the way, many of us make the mistake of sticking to the same Bible translation that in fact is not the right pick. Find another version. My advice to you, start with the New Testament of Gospels and Acts. Thus, you’ll get a nice overview written in modern English and mostly without intruding verse numbers.
At the end of the day, you’ll be able to answer why do we read the Bible.
So, what has been your experience with reading the Bible?