Each time I sit down and crack open my Bible I instantly keep in mind 145 different issues I’d quite be doing.
The opposite day I sat down on my sofa to learn the E-book of Daniel, and as quickly as I sat, I assumed “you know what I would rather do right now? Laundry.”
Am I the one one who tries their greatest to get pleasure from studying the Bible, however simply can’t? Let me be clear, I don’t hate the Bible. I hate studying it. The fault is on me.
And whereas there are seasons the place you get pleasure from Scripture and love being current in God’s phrase, let’s briefly talk about the times if you simply can’t.
I’m a agency believer within the authority of Scripture. I like Scripture. If you’re going to make a declare about religion by quoting Scripture, I imagine it is best to know its context in historical past and biblical literature. Scripture is vital. Essential. Beautiful. Life giving. Extremely boring.
However why? If we had been designed to get pleasure from God’s presence, why will we not at all times get pleasure from His Phrase?
Step one in getting again into having fun with our Bible studying is to pinpoint why we could not sit up for it to start with. And for me, I’ve discovered two culprits for my loathing of “quiet time” with my Bible.
I’ve been right here earlier than.
As a result of I’m following a one-year plan that I’ve gone by way of quite a few occasions, I typically discover myself anticipating what is going on subsequent. I already know what occurs to Tamar, so the shock issue is considerably diminished. Think about studying Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone yearly. The primary time it’s superb. The second time it’s nostalgic. The third time, you could possibly rewrite the ebook. The fourth time, you skim in between naps and bites of Dealer Joe’s JoJo’s. You’re over it.
As a result of I’m spending a lot time anticipating the way forward for the story, I’m not listening to what God is saying to me in my current studying. Lots of people who grew up within the Church could resonate with this. You grew up listening to the story of David again and again. What else might it supply? Strive studying smaller passages at a slower charge and ask God to talk to you in new methods. As you learn, be extra attentive to the current. What’s going on proper now within the story? Be aware of any new particulars you’d by no means heard earlier than. Ask your self, “How can this passage relate to me and my season today?” The Bible is 1000’s of years outdated and its nonetheless saying new issues day-after-day. We simply should pay attention for them.
I don’t want this.
One among my largest weaknesses is considering I don’t want to listen to from God. I am going to seminary; I solely swear when somebody doesn’t use their blinker, and I am going to church. I’m good. What might Scripture presumably want to inform me? One of many largest causes I don’t like studying my Bible is as a result of I don’t wish to hear from God. I mentioned it. I don’t wish to hear what He’s calling me to do or change. I wish to keep in my present mind-set and life-style. However I do know as quickly as I open that ebook, I can be convicted.
I believe plenty of us really feel this fashion and are too ashamed or prideful to say it. Studying the Bible deliberately takes work and dedication. Studying Scripture is barely fulfilling if we’re open to the modifications it calls us to make. Strive writing down why you’ve chosen to learn your Bible at this time earlier than you start studying. Verbally or actually transcribe why you might have made the intention to learn God’s phrase. Ask God to talk into particular areas of your life by way of this studying. Say why you want His Phrase at this time. This fashion you go into your studying expectant for God to maneuver and maybe somewhat extra excited to maneuver with Him realizing it may well solely result in goodness.
I don’t have the time.
Many people say we simply can’t discover the time to learn Scripture. However what we’re actually saying is “I don’t need Scripture.” If we’d like one thing, we find time for it. We even find time for the issues we don’t want. And once we really feel like studying Scripture is slicing into our tight schedules, we have a tendency to withstand it. We see Bible studying as a menace to our schedule.
Ask your self, would God name you to a life so busy that you simply don’t have time to learn His Phrase? Do you see Bible studying as a time-consuming job quite than a life giving behavior? Strive beginning small. Learn smaller passages on a regular basis or each different day. And as you get within the behavior of studying Scripture once more, you could be stunned on the affect even the smallest passages can have in your each day life.