If we genuinely believe God’s Word is real and active, why are we not reading it?
I’ve heard the many excuses:
- I don’t have time.
- I don’t understand it.
- It’s boring.
- It’s too long.
- Where are the pictures?
I’m sure there are other reasons and in all fairness, I have said many of these things myself. I found the Bible so hard to read and extremely confusing. Reading was never my strong-suit. It seemed that the only way the Bible made sense to me was when someone explained it back to me. Yet, here we are years later and I’m a reading teacher and a lover of God’s word.
So how in the world did this actually happen? I realized I didn’t need any special skill to read God’s Word, I just needed to read it! God’s Word is |THE| Word of God. When we read it, we aren’t reading in old story, we are reading THE WORD of GOD!
When we are engaged in the reading of God’s Word, we will meet Jesus who died for us, and through the power of the resurrection, has defeated death and our sin. Jesus has made a way for us to experience life and to give our lives purpose. It’s because of this, I desire to get to know this Jesus more and more. Some things may be easier than others to understand, but the only way I will ever learn is if I open God’s Word and read it.
Yet, many of us keep our “excuse list” from reading the Word of God.
It’s time to stop!
Let’s put aside our excuses and get into God’s Word.
If you don’t know where to start, let me encourage you to check out your local Christian bookstore or send me a message and I will be happy to share some resources in addition to the ones I’m sharing with you today. But I’ve also created some Bible Study Tips that you can check out as well.
But today, I want to share with you two amazing resources you can use together. The first one is Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word. I finished this book a little while ago, and she breaks down how to study the Bible. She gives you practical questions to think through that allow you to learn the context of the Word, but also to apply it to your lives. The way she has it set up gives you an opportunity to really hear from the Holy Spirit.
Jen Wilkin suggests printing off a copy of the book you want to study so you can write in it and take notes. I’m a huge fan of writing in my Bible, but sometimes there isn’t enough room so having another copy of it is great! This whole concept leads me to the other resource I want to share with you.
Alabaster has created illustrated, individual books of the Bible. You can purchase them one book at a time and each book is complete with creative, beautiful pictures along with the New Living Translation of the Bible. If the language of the Bible usually trips you up while reading, this translation is great for you! The margins in the book are even wide enough you can write any notes you may take while studying through the Word and you could even note the way the Holy Spirit is moving in you as you read. This would be perfect to use alongside of Jen Wilkin’s method of studying Scripture.
You can actually enter to win four books here Click Here to Enter the Giveaway, to start studying through God’s Word.
Y’all, I’m telling you, we need to stop with the excuses and actually dive into God’s Word, not to just be something on a checklist, but because when we dive into God’s word, we experience the peace we need to make it through each crazy, planned or unplanned events of our lives.