We may have given an excuse one time or the other for not studying the Bible. In some instances, we may have declared that the Bible is not an interesting book to read, especially with the occasional awkward words such as ‘keepeth’, ‘thee’, ‘ye’, ‘dwellest’ etc. This is no longer a tenable excuse, as there are several simpler and modern versions that are readily available and free online too!
So what is it that makes people want to spend more time watching a movie or even indulging in various other books, aside from the one that has been proven to meet both the physical and spiritual needs? Could it be that our approach towards studying the Bible may be the cause? You see when I decided to actually reading my Bible every day, I found it more tedious than inspiring. Now, you may ask, was I a Christian? ‘Of course!’. Do I love the Lord? ‘Most definitely!’. So why then was studying the Bible a tedious chore to me? Later, I realised that I was setting unreasonable goals with a very wrong mind set.
Instead of focusing on studying in depth and understanding the scriptures little by little, I was all about just reading through the Bible and possibly finishing it as a good Christian ought to! Interesting enough, when I am asked what I read, I don't remember half of it. I have since discovered that as much as God wants us to continue with and in His word daily. I believe He wants it to be an enjoyable experience. He wants a walk with us not a run!
In Isaiah 28:13 (KJV) it says “But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little…”
Take it slow and steady, one or two verses a day and allow the Holy Spirit to help you, teach you and open your understanding. Say a little prayer before your meditation. Luke 24:45 is a nice place to start.