When You Don’t Feel Like Reading the Bible

As a pastor, I find that a significant part of my job is helping to motivate people to consistently read and meditate on God’s Word.  At times this can be a rather challenging task with all of the busyness and stress of the times we live in.  There are many helpful things that we should remember about the Bible that can help to keep us in its pages…  things like remembering that the Bible is the only perfect book because it is the only book authored by God and the fact that we exist to please God and the Bible is the book that tells how to do that.  But this morning I want to ask a simple question that, surprisingly, many people have responded positively to in terms of reading the Bible regularly.  Here it is: On those days when you force yourself to read the Bible because you don’t feel like doing it, do you ever get done reading and think to yourself, “Wow, that was a complete waste of time”?  The vast majority of people that I’ve asked that question have responded by saying “no” and it helped to open their eyes to an important reality.  Simply put, we find God when we read and ponder the truths of Scripture.  Even if we don’t learn something brand new or fall to the ground in worship upon reading a text like Isaiah 6, we are refreshed and encouraged by the little reminders of who God is and what He has done for us.  When we read the Bible we find that it is unlike any other book in that it is “living and active” and we experience the truthfulness of James’ words “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (Hebrews 4:12 and James 4:8).  There are loads of things that we conclude are a waste of time when we finish them.  How many movies have you watched where the ending didn’t resolve anything or how many department store sales failed to produce anything without an animal print?  I can’t remember ever thinking that spending time in God’s Word was a waste of my time because, at the very least, when I read it I am reminded of something true about the God who loves me and saved me.

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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