Struggling with the Word

The Nash Papyrus (2nd century BCE) contains a portion of a pre-Masoretic Text, specifically the Ten Commandments and the Shema Yisrael prayer.

 

Do you ever think about reading the Bible and then just move on to something else? Or maybe start reading it and fall asleep, or just quickly lose interest? Maybe you speed read through “today’s” reading to fulfill your duty and get it over with? Does any of this sound like you?

For many Believers reading the Word of God is a struggle. There are many excuses, the Word is boring, I hear that in church, I do not have time, I will read it tomorrow, I read the Word last week, the list of excuses made to not read the Bible are many. The excuses given are just that…excuses.

The Word of God is to the Believer what “stuff” is to the materialist. We as Believers need the Word of God like all people need oxygen so we all continue to breathe.

I have to admit that personally, there are parts of the Bible that I find rather uninteresting, ok boring. I’m talking about a book such as Numbers. If people say they find some parts of God’s Word boring, well I can live with that and I am speaking only for myself here. Some if not many Believers find the much or most of the Bible to be boring, I have a problem with that, this should be a huge red flag. The fact that I view this as problem where others are concerned is of no consequence, however the Lord views not reading the Bible as a problem and His words should concern you. Can I prove that the Lord wants us to read His Word? Yes I can. First common sense tells us that since the Bible has been around so long and is a form of written communication, obviously God wants us to read it! But for real proof;

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Deuteronomy 17:19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees

If you are one of those who find reading the Word to be boring, even of little value to you compared with other activities in your life, you should be very concerned about this. As Believers, God is renewing our minds; this is not a one-time deal! The single largest method of renewing our minds is reading (and hearing) the Word of God; our minds are being continually renewed every day through the power of the Word! Therefore when a person does not take time to read the Word each day, this person is missing out on spiritual nourishment. Just as our bodies need food to survive, our spirit needs spiritual food…the Word of God.

One does not need to spend hours a day reading the Bible, although that would be great if you did that! We do however need to spend some time in God’s Word each day. Even a few minutes each day can make a difference in your day, it can set the tone for the day and be of help dealing with whatever life may throw at you. Preferably one should read the Word as part of what is done first thing in the morning, along with reading goes prayer. Try to do this before you check email, or blogs, or Twitter.

The Word is our defense, it is our instructions, it tells of God’s love for us, it reminds us of Who wins in the end, it teaches what is required for salvation, and it is our encouragement. The Word of God should be an essential part of every Believers life, no exceptions.

If the Word does not mean much to you for whatever reason, then that should say something to you about your relationship with your Father in heaven. If you have any sense of closeness to the Lord, you will desire to be in His Word.

We can all make time for what we want to do, it is only a question of whether you want to read the Word of God or not. Any claims of there being no time to read the Word are total and complete nonsense. Not reading God’s Word is a choice, and it is not a good one.

God gave us the Word to help keep us strong in this negative and destructive world we all must live in for a little while. Giving up the benefits of reading the Bible would be like an army general going into battle with his men…only he decided to leave the weapons behind.

Make no mistake about this, anyone who refuses to spend time in the Word sets themselves at a serious disadvantage in life. You can be sure that Satan is not going into battle without every available weapon he can get his hands on…and you, me; every one of us are in Satan’s crosshairs. Satan wants to destroy every one of us, that is his purpose.

Jesus has already won the battle for us…and yet we all need to fight our personal battle against the evil one. The thing is having said this; we will win against evil; of that there is little doubt. In order to win this battle for sure, we need to use the tools God gave us; the Bible is a big part of that tool kit. If we hold on to Jesus, read and use His Word, pray, encourage and teach others…we will overcome. We will lose some battles, but the final victory will be ours in Christ!

Read your Bible!!

May God bless all of you brothers and sisters, and keep you. May He strengthen you and help you to keep your focus on Him and His Word. Amen

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A prodigal for many years, I eventually found my way back to Jesus through several difficult trials. I write with the hope that I can bless others who have struggled as I have. I seek through Christ to present the truth, and lead others to the cross of Calvary. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other. In 2014 Greg Holt founded The Olive Branch Report, a premier Christian news service. Please visit Greg Holt on the web: Inspirational Christian Blogs, The Olive Branch Report & The Heavens Declare His Glory
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5 Responses to Struggling with the Word

  1. >> “anyone who refuses to spend time in the Word sets themselves at a serious disadvantage in life”
    How true! The Bible has the answer to each and every problem we face. Sometimes this will be in direct statements and sometimes in general principles, but the answer is always there, and we have Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and to give us understanding. Now, that doesn’t mean that the Bible is only of benefit when we face problems, for the Word of God is more than that. It is our sustenance, giving us strength and peace and joy and assurance and real purpose in life.

    There is a Treasure, rich beyond measure,
    Offered to mortals today.
    Some folk despise it, some criticise it,
    Some would explain it away.

    Some never read it, some never heed it,
    Some say ‘it’s long had its day’.
    Some people prize it, and he who tries it
    Finds it his comfort and stay.

    God gave this Treasure, rich beyond measure,
    His Word, we call it today.
    Let us believe it, gladly receive it,
    Read, mark, and learn to obey.
    anon

  2. shekinah419 says:

    Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. In Revelation only Jesus is worthy to open the seals on the book. If we don’t have a true desire to know God’s heart and His law, He may not un-seal His word to us. If you don’t have a desire or hunger for the Word, ask God to give you that hunger. He will gladlly give it to you, and then fulfill your desire by opening up your understanding of it.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Writinggomer – you have expressed a real struggle in the life of Christians who have not discovered the riches found in the Word. Just as mining for gold or the precious stones takes effort, we miss the precious gems in the Word if we do not take time and invest in effort. And of course we need the help of the Holy Spirit to open our eyes of understanding of the Word. Without Him one could find the Word boring just like the parables are to the non-believers who cannot understand their deep meaning. . Yes, we will not find the precious gems if we do not dig below the surface and begin to meditate and hide God’s Word in our hearts. The adversary the devil would like to snatch the Word from us providing every excuse but now that we know his strategy we have to say to the wily one – “get thee behind me Satan” and discipline ourselves to search the Word no matter how we feel on certain restless days.

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