This is for the skeptics, the faint of heart, the procrastinators – because we are all of those things at times, and we all wrestle with having this desire to read God’s Word from a hungry heart full of this quiet excitement to discover and know more fully of who He is.
Let me to encourage you, as I do myself, to read your Bible more and more every year. Read it with a pen and paper. Read it whether you feel like it or not. Pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase.
Bible-reading is not a cure for a bad conscience; it’s chemo for your cancer. Legalists feel better because the box is checked. Saints feel better when their blindness lifts, and they see Jesus in the word.
– John Piper
If you despair or feel you’re not getting anything from reading the word. 1) Check your heart. 2) Check your technique for studying it. 3) Find encouragement in the words of Mr. Ryle:
Do not think you are getting no good from the Bible, merely because you do not see that good day by day. The greatest effects are by no means those which make the most noise, and are most easily observed. The greatest effects are often silent, quiet, and hard to detect at the time they are being produced.
Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth, and of the air upon the human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls, and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible-reading.
– J. C. Ryle (Practical Religion, 136)
If you’re not sure where to begin or how to study your Bible, read my post on Bible Intake: 5 Components.
Rachel B. Duke