I haven’t asked the question in awhile: How are you doing with your Read through the Bible for 2009? Are you on task with your goal for the year? Have you begun to develop a healthy habit in reading the Bible? I hope so!
The past several weeks have been tough for me. My routine and schedule has been turned upside down. I have been feeling a bit guilty for not staying on track with where I wanted to be. Everyday I think, “I need to read the Bible.”
Has reading the Bible become all about checking a box? Or is reading the Bible drawing us closer and deeper in a relationship with Jesus?
Of course, Oswald Chambers would have something to say on this!
Your god may be your little Christian habit— the habit of prayer or Bible reading at certain times of your day. Watch how your Father will upset your schedule if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes. (My Utmost for His Highest, May 12).
This was a great reality check for me. Reading God’s Word should never be about getting through it – like some book. God’s Word is His voice to us… Providing truth, life, freedom, and correction. The focus of our everyday reading should never be about just being able to say, “I read the Bible for the day.” It needs to be about, “What does God want to say to me today?”
As you continue reading through the Bible this year, make sure you are spending time to draw closer to Him as you read. Don’t trade God in for the Christian habit (god).
Love means that there are no visible habits— that your habits are so immersed in the Lord that you practice them without realizing it. (My Utmost for His Highest, May 12).