OK, it’s been a while. No, that’s not accurate… it’s been an eternity, a blog-ternity, since I last posted anything here! (Sigh) I have to get in the practice of keeping up with this thing, and I promise two things: I will do it, and I will still let the blogging community down from time to time. OK, I said it… hand has been slapped. Now for a short devotional thought on doing some Bible reading.
Last year (you know, the one in which I didn’t even blog?), I endeavored to read through the Bible. I’d never done this before, and thought it was a worthwhile thing to do. I found out some things about “read thru the Bible in a year” plans… they mean well in trying to get us to read Scripture, but the focus for many people, myself included, becomes “check the box” rather than spiritual growth. One instance was a day in which I had to read something like 6 or 7 chapters of Isaiah. I got to Isaiah 58, and went back and re-read it. Then I read it a third time. The next day, I started, not with chapter 59, but with 58 again. It was hitting me squarely between the eyes, which is the effect God intends for us to have- not just reading to say we’ve read it.
I can read any number of works of fiction, poetry, biographies, political essays, or whatever to just say I’ve read them. The Bible, which God has given to us as His holy Word to grow our walk with Him, shouldn’t be the same as a Harry Potter book, or a book on Abraham Lincoln. Even books by our favorite Christian authors shouldn’t replace reading the Bible!
I’m trying different approaches on reading now. One thing I’ve done is to take one chapter or Psalm and read that one several times a day. It’s helped it sink in a bit. Another thing I’ve done, to sharpen up the Spanish also, has been, starting in Genesis, to read a chapter of the NLT and then read the corresponding Spanish NTV. There’s been a day or two, where reading the Spanish (which takes more time and makes me more deliberate) has produced an “Aha!” moment.
So, what are some of your approaches?
Until next time… (which won’t be a year!)