Everyone has excuses. I did.
Daily Bible study — Do you need it?
Sometimes I need to make an argument. And I need to argue with you why I feel you need to have a daily dose of God’s Word.
Are you reading God’s Word every day?
I truly believe that without listening to His Voice every day we will not be as fruitful as He has planned for us.
My life did not involve reading the Bible.
When I began my walk toward getting to know God more, my Bible had sat on the shelf for a long time.
The only times I remember reading God’s Word involved joining a Bible study and when I was recovering from the birth of child number 3. During that time of recovery I didn’t have much energy and I loved reading through the Psalms. They brought me comfort.
But as soon as I felt better the Good Book went back on the shelf.
When I made my declaration to Jesus that I would be His — I meant it.
That meant that I could no longer leave the Bible on the shelf. I had to pick it up. I had a King James version. I took it off the shelf and opened it. I didn’t know where to start. I started at the beginning where we start most books — Genesis. I tried to read a few verses. It wasn’t too bad until the words started to jumble into one another. I gave up.
I had all the excuses why I couldn’t read the Bible:
- I didn’t understand it.
- I couldn’t find the time.
- Some parts just don’t make sense.
This is how God answered those excuses:
Excuse Number One: I don’t understand the words, Lord.
I knew I needed to read my Bible. Someone suggested that I purchase a NIV — New International Version. I did that and started again but without much success. I still didn’t understand what I read.
Let Jesus reveal the words of the Bible to you
Another friend suggested I ask Jesus to reveal the Word to me as I read. I did that. It wasn’t easy but with a prayer for help every time, the words became clearer.
Journal your thoughts and journey.
Right from the beginning I had decided that I should journal this journey. I had tons of questions.
Every time I got stuck on a verse, I would ask God to reveal what it meant.
It sometimes took a few days, but God always answered my questions — through His Word, circumstances or other people.
It’s hard to express how excited I felt when the stories started to make sense.
When I memorized my first passage, I felt that those few words entered my soul.
Here is my first memorized passage: Philippians 4:6
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (NIV).”
I continued with my Bible studies.
One of the studies I took was led by our minister. The study was called Crossways and it went through every book of the Bible. That really opened the door to my understanding.
Now I am leading a group through the book 30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max Anders. We will study it in a closed Facebook group called Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word.
I also read expanded my reading by using other versions including The Message. This version is an excellent way to read the stories because the language is our language. I now love the Amplified version as it extends the meaning for me.
Excuse Number Two: I can’t find the time to read my Bible
This was a good one. I really didn’t think I had the time to read the Bible.
But God thought otherwise.
Once again a friend made a suggestion. She said that I should ask God to wake me up earlier in the morning.
I wasn’t very sure of this one. But I thought it was worth a try. One night I said a very flippant prayer before turning out the light. “Lord, if you want me up to read your Word, wake me at 6am.”
Needless to say, I woke to the time on my clock saying 6:00.
Well, I thought, God can’t do it again. It must have been a coincidence.
Once again I said the prayer, “Lord, if you want me up to read Your Word, wake me at 6:00am.”
The next day, sure enough, there were the numbers on the clock 6:00.
Your answer may not be waking up early in the morning. Your answer might be in letting something else go. A TV program perhaps? Another “good book”?
But God will give you the time to read His Word. Ask Him.
Excuse Number Three: Some parts of the Bible don’t make sense
At first I really struggled to figure out what God was saying.
And Leviticus was totally confusing.
Now I realize that it is because I hadn’t studied deeply enough or had enough full background of the Bible. This year Leviticus started to make some sense as I worked through the chapters with the First 5 App and my study notes.
Over the years God has opened doors for me to understand more deeply.
He has done that through Bible studies that make me read His Word and then discuss my thoughts. Sermons have been particularly enlightening. God has placed us in churches that teach His Word.
But the best way I have learned His Word for the past very years is through a private daily Bible study using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible study that God gave me.
The most important part of this study is to pray. When we pray He opens His Word to what He wants each of us to hear.
What are your thoughts?
Do you think daily Bible study is necessary to be fruitful in this life? The key word here is — daily — Bible study. God’s Word soaking into you each day. What excuses are you making?
Can I pray for you to help you to do this?
Father, help us all to learn to get closer to You. We know You gave us You Word to help us to do that. But it’s not easy — even with the availability of Bibles for us. Help us to understand what we read, find the time to read, and believe that what You have given us has the power to change our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.