Do you get tired of eating certain flavors on repeat? I don’t get tired of Tex-Mex or southwestern flavors. In fact, I’ve been known to burn out my family on tacos or any version of a quesadilla/enchilada/Mexican kind of dish. It’s my favorite! But sometimes you just need to give something a break because you have had it too much. It’s not that you don’t like it, you’re just tired of it.
I feel the same way about clothes. I was standing in front of my closet the other morning staring at my rotation of winter shirts and feeling bored with them. It was the same thing, I like those shirts fine, but I was just tired of them. Routines can feel the same way as well. Things can get old to us.
I am doing a Bible Study with a friend who I am discipling. We had to read Philippians chapter one every day this week. Seven times I read the same thirty verses this week. Unlike pork carnitas or my gray sweater, I did not grow tired of it. Instead, I became more familiar with the passage, I noticed something different each time and mostly by day two or three we became aware of how much the name of Jesus is written in those thirty verses.
The word of God does not grow old. We cannot ever arrive at understanding and knowing all of it. It is a precious book that we far too often do not value in our hearts that way. Most believers would tell you that the Bible is the true, divine, inspired, Word of God. But do you value it? Do you know how to measure value? How much time and energy do you invest in something? That’s a pretty accurate indicator of how much you value something, what you are actually willing to give yourself to. Thus, if you truly value the Word of God, you would read it.
Most objections and excuses for someone NOT reading their Bible are pretty standard.
I don’t have enough time.
I fall asleep.
I don’t understand it.
I tried but didn’t get anything out of it.
I just honestly forget, and don’t even think about it.
But in the end, they are excuses. You make time for the things you want to make time for. Reading our Bibles is not about us walking away every day with a “nugget” that speaks directly to us and makes us feel better about our lives. Reading our Bibles is not intended to be like a drive thru experience. Friends, it is a discipline that you would do well to build your life around. Reading your Bible should be a steady rhythm in your life that fills your soul.
We see in the gospel of Mark that Jesus got up early while it was still dark to go pray (Mark 1:35). He made time to be with the Father. When we read the Bible we want to invite the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of our hearts and grant us understanding. It’s not just about reading our Bible but spending time with the one who inspired it.
Psalm 119:105 describes the Word of God like this, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path”. We live in a dark world. We cannot afford to stumble through the darkness because we are too lazy or unmotivated. Seek time to read your Bible, you will see the power of God at work. AND it is not above your paygrade or ability to understand. You may have to seek answers and consult other sources but Hebrews 4:12 promises, “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart”. The word alone is powerful. Press into the discipline and see the active word of God that is LIVING transform your heart.
Even when you begin reading, often with excitement and readiness to endure, you will find a day when it’s hard. That is why it is a discipline. You must choose it even when there is a fight. Brothers and sisters, you can! The Holy Spirit in you has given you a spirit of discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).