Focus: Why don’t we read God’s Word more?
2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NKJV)
Continue in…the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise.
I’ve asked this question of myself many times: Why don’t I read God’s Word more? I can usually come up with lots of reasons. Consider these (from the devotional writer):
- We don’t know how! "We hear the pastor preach a great sermon and think, ‘Why didn’t I see that?’ Because the pastor spends hours praying over it and studying the Scriptures, we don’t!"
- We’re not motivated! "That’s because we haven’t experienced the joy that comes from personally discovering great truths from God’s Word. We’ve become satisfied with getting what we need from somebody else rather than finding it out for ourselves." Speaking for myself, I can say that I have had many times where I have really enjoyed studying the Word. However, there are so many things going on life that once I’ve been to a particular passage, it’s hard to consider going back to it. Very short-sighted, I know. Consider this comparison by Dr. Paul Lyttle, who once compared personal Bible study to eating peanuts: "Once you start doing it, you’re hooked! When you discover how good Bible study ‘tastes’ you’ll find yourself going back for more and more. Yes, personal Bible study can be habit-forming!"
- We are lazy! I can certainly attest to this. "Bible study is hard work. There are no shortcuts to it. It takes time, effort, concentration and persistence. Most of its great truths don’t lie on the surface; we have to dig for them." The times that I have enjoy Bible study the most is when I’ve read a passage and discovered something new about God, about what He’s done, about my place in the kingdom, about what I need to do differently to please Him or my family or my friends. Dr. Howard Hendricks describes the 3 stages of Bible study:
- The ‘castor oil’ stage – we study the Bible because we know it’s good for us, but it’s not too enjoyable.
- The ‘cereal’ stage – our Bible study is dry and uninteresting, but we know it’s nourishing.
- The ‘peaches and cream’ stage – we are really feasting on the Word of God.
Bottom line? "Continue in…the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise."