A Sure-Fire Reason We Don't Read The Bible
If you’ve been a Christian for more than six seconds, you are probably aware of how important it is to be in God’s Word daily. Christians need to read the Bible. Not a big shocker. Despite the common knowledge of this necessity, few things foil Christians more than faithful Bible reading. Yes, we need a time, a place, and a plan. Yes, we need to grow in discipline. But what we should NOT do is neglect the heart of the problem.
The primary reason we don’t read God’s Word is that we don’t delight in God’s will.
Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man…[whose] delight is in the law of the LORD and on his law he meditates day and night." The word translated “delight” indicates “extreme pleasure or satisfaction in something.” That something here is God’s law - not just the first five books of the Old Testament, but also His heart, mind and will for all things. So here’s the big idea:
Where there is delight in God’s will, there will be devotion to God’s Word.
Notice the cause and effect in Psalm 1:2. The blessed man described delights in God’s law and thus meditates on it day and night. Meditation is actively pondering a portion of Scripture - it’s a picture of taking God’s Word with us throughout the day.
We all know that we instinctively do what we delight in. Think about it - what you delight in dictates what you think about, what you spend your time doing, what you invest your energy in, even what you eat. If you spend a lot of time with your family, it’s because you delight in your family. If you exercise regularly, it’s because you delight in physical health. If you watch a lot of television, it’s because you delight in that activity. The same thing is true of reading Scripture. Delight in God’s will produces devotion to God’s Word.
I’m not saying we should only read the Bible when we feel like it. I am saying that if you don’t delight in God’s will you won’t desire to be in His Word. If it’s been so long since you read Scripture that you don’t even know where your Bible is, maybe it’s time to take an honest look at what you delight in. Maybe it’s time to pray and ask God for the grace to change your heart. Maybe it’s time to get into God’s Word and ask the Spirit of God to use His Word to help you delight in His will.