I started reading through the bible again this past August. I felt convicted–I was daily setting aside time to read half or full poetry books and chapters and chapters of novels, but I wasn’t regularly setting aside time to read even a handful of bible verses a day. And how much more important is it that I read the God-breathed bible, the book I base my life on, than a few silly poems of passing popularity?!
But I justified my not-reading because I’ve already read the bible so many times through, and I’m reading Christian books, and I grew up in the church, and I listen to 3 sermons minimum per week due to my job, and I live and work at a seminary, and my husband is studying to be a minister, and I’ve been saved a very long time so I don’t have any Real problems with Major sins, right?
Isn’t it crazy the things we come up with to justify laziness?
The truth is, I didn’t want to read my bible every morning because I thought it would be sort of boring and that there wasn’t much new that I could get out of straight bible reading. I would not have EVER confessed that out loud (or commit it to paper!) but it was what was in my heart–that I needed some great theologian or pastor or sermon to reveal new things to me in God’s word, that I couldn’t learn just from reading the Bible for myself.
I was so wrong though. I’ve been continually amazed as I’ve read these past few months–continually finding things in the scripture that I hadn’t noticed before or hadn’t hit me exactly the same way before. God’s working on some things in my life that I’ve held on to for a long time–issues of ambition and self-sufficiency and other things I won’t get into right now. I don’t think I would’ve seen this growth in my life if I hadn’t started reading and studying and committing myself again.
So far, I’ve read through Psalms, I and II Timothy, Proverbs, Ruth, and am currently reading Ephesians.I’m not legalistic about it (meaning, I do not think you are a “bad” christian if you don’t read your bible everyday) but I sincerely recommend it because I know that it has made a huge difference in how I start my day, how I relate to and think about others, how I view myself and my place in the world.