I’ve never really been the guy who makes new years resolutions. However, at the beginning of this year, I thought I would set some goals for the year. So I guess you can call them new years resolutions if you want.
One of the goals that I had was to have a regular rhythm of reading scripture.
This may seem odd because it implies that I didn’t have a regular rhythm of reading my Bible. Especially being a Deacon at my local church and having a degree in Biblical Studies. But yes, I did struggle with this.
Why did I stop regularly reading my Bible?
It’s not that I didn’t read my Bible at all, but rather, I didn’t have a daily devotional time. For anyone that has a daily devotional time, you know that it requires discipline. I can admit that I was not very disciplined in this.
Most people get up early before work/school to read their Bibles. I am not a morning person. I would rather sleep until I have just enough time to take a shower, grab some coffee, and barely get to work on time. This was honestly just laziness on my part.
I would make excuses saying that I would just read my Bible at night since I considered myself a night owl but I rarely actually did. Or I would say that I don’t need to set aside time to read my Bible in the morning because you can spend time with God anytime and anywhere.
Now, these things are true but if you’re someone that says this, honestly ask yourself if you actually ever spend time in scripture?
This was a question that I had to ask myself and I honestly answered that I didn’t really spend any time in scripture. So it was time to make a change.
I started to wake up a little earlier so I could read my Bible before work. I’ve been reading 1 chapter of a book from the Old Testament and 1 chapter of a book from the New Testament.
Does it have to be in the morning?
But there is something about communing with God in the morning.
The morning has been the best time for me to sit down and read my Bible. I start off my day with scripture and it really has been refreshing.
I’ve heard this quote before that says:
“The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord.”
– George Muller
There is nothing better than starting my day off with the Word of God on my mind and my heart is because it reminds me of the truths of God throughout the day. The Holy Spirit uses the scripture that I read that morning to remind me of my need for him and how to pray for my own soul.
I am able to examine my heart daily, repent of sins and be reminded of the grace of God. Be reminded of my new life in Christ.
I am reminded of what the Psalmist says:
“I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.”
– Psalm 119:11
It is also reminds me to pray for others throughout the day. For those family members and friends that have not believed in Jesus. Or to pray for my church family and that they would continue to grow in the love of God.
So why am I sharing this?
I really just wanted to share on the importance of scripture, how I struggled as a christian to read it daily, and how it has affected my life since I started.
I also wanted to share it because if you are a christian but are not regularly reading scripture, it is your flesh that does not want you to be in God’s Word. Your flesh wants you left with your own thoughts and opinions throughout the day instead of the truths of God.
I encourage you to put aside a time during the day, whether be in the morning or not, to read and meditate on scripture. It is needed for the christian life.
Jesus says this in Matthew 4:4:
But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”