When we stop reading our Bibles . . .

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03/07/2012 by Shalim

This post is exclusively for those who profess to be Christians.

Imagine for a moment if God never revealed Himself to the world. Imagine if we were left to our own devices, to come up with the meaning of truth on our own. Just picture the chaos. I would not want to live in such a place. I can picture total anarchy, with people fighting over authority and claiming they had absolute truth, meanwhile clashing with those who disagreed.

Do you know when you don’t read your Bible you’re essentially saying you don’t really need guidance from the Almighty and can come up with the truth on your own? Do you know it’s a sort of atheism? Historically, I know atheism means to disbelieve in the existence of a supernatural absolute. But when Christians become indifferent to the Lord who called them, we’re being atheistic, because although we believe in God we’re acting like he does not exist through our behaviour and lack of interest.

The less you read your Bible the more you will drift from the truth you once cherished. Now clearly you cannot set yourself to the ritualistic task of reading and not enjoying God’s word — yes, the Bible is for our enjoyment. But you must pray for your desires to be rekindled by the sheer joy the Gospel brought you.  You know that feeling of meeting up with a friend whom you haven’t spoken to for a long time. What sort of new feelings are birthed within you? Maybe a sense of joy, excitement and amazement is what you would feel. What I am trying to say is you won’t read the Bible (or pray for that matter) if you feel it’s something you *have* to do, in the sense of an inescapable duty. Instead It should be something you *desire*. If you don’t find delight in God’s word over time, you might find it strange, awkward and naff (which means boring in British lingo).

I understand we all have bouts of not desiring to read God’s word. We can fall in and out of this feeling. But have you truthfully noticed a difference in your character or conduct as time went on? Like, for example liking things that you wouldn’t have before? I won’t name anything specific so I can leave this gap open for you to ponder further on a personal level.

I’m not trying to drum the Bible into your system, just to make you feel worse and just think that you’re totally unable to come back to the lifestyle you once loved.  I’m just praying that, if this applies to you, your desires will be set alight for the love of God’s word and for the enjoyment of enjoying Him.

So enjoy the Word, like you would a favourite show or meeting a good long lost friend. And if you don’t feel like that, ask God to give you those desires.

let me end it off with this:

Psalm 16:11: You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (NLT)

May we all have this sense of joy and pleasure of living before God so that it does not seem awkward to delighting in God and returning to his joy whenever we wander.

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4 thoughts on “When we stop reading our Bibles . . .

  1. Let me ask you something though. Do you think I necessarily HAVE to read the Bible or you reckon if I read things like Spiritual books, or things that will cause me to meditate on my spiritual thats also ok. Or…essentially the best thing to do is read the Bible ofcourse but also things that will edify my spirit. In my way of thinking, sometimes I rather read something more direct like for example: Beautiful in Gods eyes, which is a book that talks about how to be a proverbs 31 virtuous woman. What do u think?

  2. I think that’s an excellent question. Truthfully, no other book will replace the Bible, even Christian books. So if that is all someone reads (even if it has a few passages from the Bible), that alone is not enough. I like to see the books as something that ‘supplements’ our Bible reading. I think those books are amazing because we always have to look to people smarter and brighter than us for the wisdom they have. But books on their own is not the way to go. On the other hand, I wouldn’t encourage reading the Bible and not Christian books, that’s also not wise. But putting emphasis on the Bible, with those books helping you along is great.

  3. heroseagain says:

    Hey Shalim, Kojo Here :-). Joel Beeke was ERC the other day and he talked about how the puritans had exactly the same idea. I agree whole-heartedly with what you’re saying brother, because quite frankly its what Jesus prayed for ‘Sanctify them in the truth, Thy WORD IS TRUTH’ John 17:17. Continue to fight the good fight my friend.

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