Nehemiah 8:8 "So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading."
Jeremiah 36:8 "And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD's house."
I Timothy 4:13 "Till I come, give attendance to reading…"
"But trials and difficulties are not the only means by which faith is exercised and thereby increased. There is the reading of the Scriptures, that we may by them acquaint ourselves with God as He has revealed Himself in His Word." ~George Mueller
I know I've said it before, but it bears repeating: We must read the Bible!!!
God wants to be an intimate Friend. He gave His life for us. He wrote 66 books for us to read. He has done His part. The growth of the relationship is up to us.
We must read His Book to know Who He is and how He works.
It is simply inexcusable for a Christian to neglect spending time in the Word of God.
And how do I know that?
Because there have been so many times that I have neglected it!
It sits on my dresser. It is convenient. It is easily understood. I have every intention of picking it up. But life happens. My day begins in an unexpected way. Situations rush at me, and I lose my opportunity for quite devotions with my Lord.
The only way for me to be sure to get that time each day is to PLAN for it.
I wake up at an appointed time. I have a scheduled time for reading, for studying, for writing.
Often, I do not even power up my computer until after my time of study. If I do want to use my online study helps, it works best for me to ignore my email, my Facebook notifications, my Twitter feed. I do not open up those tabs at all.
Let's face it – the entire world around us screams for our attention, while our Bible sits quietly waiting to be picked up and read.
It will not happen by accident. We must plan a time to read each day.
I challenge you to begin TODAY! And please, let me know how it goes! I'd love to hear about your plan for studying the Word. 🙂