Reluctant to Read God’s Word

Do you ever struggle with regularly reading God’s word? I am currently reading John Piper’s book, When I Don’t Desire God, and found the following section helpful.

“A thousand interesting things compete for our attention to the Word of God. I confess that after fifty years of loving and reading and memorizing Scripture, I can be lured away from appointed times in the Word by something as insignificant as a new computer device. The illusory pleasure of newness can temporarily trump the far superior benefits of keeping my appointment with the Word of God.

“This is evidence in me of what Paul calls indwelling sin (Rom. 7:17,20,23). It is part of the remaining corruption lingering after the death of the old self (Rom. 6:6). I am not proud of it. It grieves me. At times it frightens me . . . I know this sinful inclination must be fought to the death . . .

“One of the ways we can fight against the inclinations that lure us from the Word of God to computers or television or any other substitute pleasure is to remind ourselves often of the immeasurable and superior benefits of the Word of God in our lives. We must put the evidence before us that reading, pondering, memorizing, and studying the Bible will yield more joy in this life and the next than all the things that lure us from it.” (John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God, pp. 96-97)

I love God’s Word and read it (most) every day, but I also can find myself distracted by the most inconsequential things. I need to remind myself often of the “immeasurable and superior benefits” of God’s Word in my life. How do you make God’s Word a priority in your life?

2 Comments

  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    Ray – I am so clearly a much crabbier person when I don’t spend time reading His Word in the morning and sitting in the stillness, listening to Him, that it has, over the years, made it easier to be in the Word. I don’t like me very much without Him working in me. I also choose to read in small chunks. My system, for what it is worth:

    1. Pray for guidance.
    2. Read between 10 verses and a chapter at the most.
    3. Choose a verse out of what I have read to particularly ponder.
    4. Copy the verse down. (My mind can’t blank out if I have to actually find a verse and write it down. I have to stay engaged.)
    5. Write a response. It might be a one sentence prayer, asking God to help me put the verse into action. It might be a question about the verse. Always, though, I respond, and that personalizes it.
    6. I like to do Old Testament books and New Testament books intermingled. I follow Scripture Union’s five year plan, where you read the OT once and NT twice every five years.

    Works for me!! I’d love to hear what others do!

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Sharon,

    Thank you for your thoughts. I like your emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Both have their place, but often we only hear the emphasis on quantity of Bible reading. God bless you in God’s Word today!

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