For the Woman Who Doesn’t Love the Bible
I’ll be the first to admit sometimes I struggle with reading the Bible. It is long. It is hard to understand at times. And honestly tiring. We come up with all kinds of excuses as to why we don’t read the Bible. Although it would never be said aloud, we think, “I wish I could love the Bible more….” Maybe today I offer some encouragement to your heart. First, I’ve been there. Second, God understands our feelings. Third, feelings will be fickle, so let’s just leave them behind for a minute.
As we move forward, let’s remind ourselves: God isn’t so concerned with getting our feelings under control as He is with getting our minds under control. What you believe affects what you feel. So let’s get our minds in order and get our minds focused on truth – the feelings will follow!
When we don’t love God’s word, it often stems from not reading it. You might read God’s word for a variety of reasons. If you are a woman who has struggled to read her Bible, let me address these questions for you.
Four Reasons We Don’t Read the Bible (And Why We Should)
1. I’m too confused. – You might not understand all that you are reading, but that doesn’t mean you won’t understand somethings. If the passage is confusing, there are lots of (free) resources to help you study. Will it take extra effort than reading a fun novel? Yes, it might. But isn’t God’s word worth the extra effort? If you are wondering, BlueletterBible.org and BibleGateway.com are great places to start to research passages of the Bible that are hard to understand.
2. I feel like I’m too busy. You know this isn’t true. As you look at your “Screen Report” for each week, you realize that you do have time (minutes and hours) you’ve spent on your phone to spend time in God’s word.
3. Where do I start? Start simple. Find a devotional book (this one is perfect), just open up and start. Don’t have expectations or feel like you have to understand everything you read. Take the words on the page as from the Lord (they are) and take them with face value.
4. How does it this apply to me today? the Bible was written over a period of thousands of years with a variety of authors from different cultures and different backgrounds. The commonality is that the GOD of the Bible is the same. Do you want to know about God? He is the same God who parted the Red Sea in Exodus, shut the mouths of lions in Daniel, and rose the dead in Luke. You will find the Bible applies to your life because God is found in the Bible!
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