July 14, 2011
Some call it devotions; some call it Bible reading; some call it quiet time. Whatever you call "it," it needs to be a regular part of your life. I have had several discussions lately with people going through tough times and about how aware they are of their need to be reading their Bibles more, or doing their devotions, etc. etc. What continues to surprise me in my own life experience, and in listening to others tell their stories, is that no matter how simple the process might be, or how important we know it is, we struggle to be faithfully committed to a serious reading of and application of the Bible.
We seem to have no trouble in checking our e-mail everyday, which can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on your responses. We don't have a problem in checking our Facebook account multiple times a day. We can manage to surf the web for hours checking out sports, weather, news, shopping, movies, etc. etc. I don't even want to get started on T.V. time. I (we) spend countless hours chasing down information from countless sources every day but can't seem to find the time to read our Bibles.
What about prayer you say? Well, I have a theory about that. We pray often without reading the Bible, but if we would read our Bible we will certainly pray, but we might just actually start praying better prayers if we read our Bibles first.
So you know what to do. Get on with it.