If you’re like me, I would rather wait for the movie as opposed to reading the book. I don’t particularly enjoy reading. In fact, I generally find myself putting off reading as long as there is anything else in the world that needs my attention. Unfortunately, the same can be said about my daily Bible reading if I’m not careful. It becomes a chore that I delay and delay until the day is already gone. Perhaps you find yourself in the same predicament. As the new year rolled around, maybe you decided that you would do better this year, and you made the resolution to read through the entire Bible in 2014. Have you stayed faithful to that resolution? If not, you’re not alone.
The Word of God is meant to be nourishment to the Christian, not a legalistic duty. So first of all, may I suggest that you might be looking at your Bible as another textbook, as opposed to the words that God is saying to you? The Creator of all things has chosen to reveal Himself through Scripture. Every page that we read tells us something about Him, and how He has been at work throughout human history. Before you try reading your Bible again, stop and pray that God would open your eyes to see who He is and what He is trying to say to you today.
Secondly, you’ve already taken a couple of minutes to read this blog, so you aren’t totally incapable or opposed to reading. If you have trouble sticking to a daily Bible reading plan, why don’t you start with just 5 minutes a day? Just spend 5 minutes each morning, working your way through a book of the Bible (perhaps start with the gospel of John). You’ll be amazed at how quickly those 5 minutes will pass. As you read, highlight the parts that stand out to you. Then ask yourself some questions like “what is the main idea of the passage,” “what does this passage tell us about God,” and “how should I respond in light of knowing this passage.”
Okay, it’s a new year, and a new semester. You don’t have any final exams tomorrow, so why not take the next 5 minutes to spend with God?