“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
One of Yogi Berra’s many Yogi-isms is, “You can see a lot just by looking.” Although he was talking about something else it is true of Bible study. By reading a passage a second and third time, we can often catch something we miss the first time we read it. By studying the text again, it helps us understand what it meant to the original readers. You can’t apply a text that you do not properly understand. When you understand a passage, you can ask how it applies to your life, not just outwardly, but on the heart level.
The challenge is our attention span. Marketing and advertising managers know you have only a few seconds to attract a person’s attention before it is lost forever. Forty years ago, the newspaper was read daily in homes across America. Today we skim RSS feeds and if something doesn’t attract our attention we do not go any further than the headline.
Unfortunately, the same phenomenon is happening in the church. When I ask people how much time they spend reading their Bible, they look surprised. They tell me in all sincerity that they need to do a better job of reading their Bible, or they need to make it a bigger priority. But, when I ask them why they don’t read their Bible more, their answers are “I don’t have time” or “I’m not sure how to do it effectively.”
It may be a challenge of passion. If you do not regularly read your Bible, I would encourage you to ask God to help you start or rekindle your love for His word. Then we should read. And read some more. We know that faith comes from hearing the Word of God. So read, digest, dwell, meditate, and grow in your faith in God through the Bible. Take the Bible with you everywhere you go. Remember a passage and try to apply it to your life. If there is something you don’t understand, read a Bible commentary and ask someone who can help you find the answer.
The Bible has incredible power to transform your life. It should be your daily resource. Dwight Moody said it best: “The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”
Get in your Bible today and let God’s Word get in you. Because as Yogi Berra once said, “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Do you believe the Bible, as God’s inspired Word, can be trusted fully to teach us truth and shape our lives?
- How much time each week do you spend reading your Bible? How much time do you think you should spend?
- Pray and ask God to give you the discipline to spend time in His word every day.