“I don’t read The Bible because I hate to read.”
“I don’t read The Bible because it’s too hard to understand.”
“I don’t read the Bible because it doesn’t apply to this generation.”
“I don’t read The Bible because there’s too many rules.”
Maybe you have said one of the sentences above or something similar before. I know I have. I literally hate to read. However, I have come to find the more I read The Bible the more I fall in love with it. The more I fall in love with it, the more I learn about Jesus. The more I learn about Jesus, the more I love Him. It’s that simple. Read, Learn, Love.
If you’re in a spiritual slump, let me encourage you. You may feel like God is out of the picture or that he is too far out of reach, but I can assure you that he is right beside you. He has not left you nor will he ever leave you. The best way for you to hear from The Lord is to open up your Bible and get to know your Father. To be honest with you, if I read my Bible only to gain knowledge, I do not like it. Because I do not like to read. If I open up my Bible with the goal of seeking God, I realize the true beauty of spending time in His word. Not only do I gain revelation and guidance, but I also get to spend sweet time with my Maker. The more I study and digest His Word, the stronger my faith becomes. So knowledge is not the goal, relationship is. It’s not about memorizing verses so you can post cute pictures of scripture on Instagram or use it to spiritually abuse people in arguments by throwing scripture in their face. It’s about communication with God.
- He speaks to us through His Word. Romans 12:2 talks about finding Christ’s thoughts in the Bible. Romans 10:17 ESV/ “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”. Hebrews 4:12 ESV/ “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
- He provides us with divine power through His Word. Eph 6:-3-18 talks about the belt of truth, shield of faith, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, helmet of salvation, and sword of the spirit. The Sword of The Spirit is clearly identified in scripture as The Word of God. Notice, only one piece of armor is actually a weapon. All the armor helps keep us from harm, but the only offensive weapon we are provided with is The Word of God. How awesome is that. The primary strength we have in warfare is Godliness-which is achieved through intimacy with The Lord. Reading The Bible, prayer, worship, and fellowship are all great ways to spend time with Him. 2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV/”The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
With all this being said, I encourage you to buy a devotional, or join a curriculum based small group to help you get started studying The Bible without becoming overwhelmed. As I encourage you to build your faith, let me remind you: You are reading your Bible to seek Christ more. You are not studying to build your trust in the author of the books/scripture or to have knowledge to argue about the fact that The Bible is true. Our main focus isn’t the scripture, it is Jesus.
- The Bible is a book of grace. Acts 14:3 talks about God’s love for all.
- The Bible is inspired. 2 Timothy 3:16 talks about how The Holy Spirit wrote the Bible.
- The Bible is a book of light. Psalm 118:105
- The Bible leads me. It’s guides how I live. Psalm 119:105
- The Bible is everlasting. Forever and always. Matthew 24:35.
Side Note: If you are looking for a curriculum based small group Payton and I would be more than happy to have you at our LIFE group on Sunday evenings at 3:00! (Message me for info.)