Near the end of the summer holidays and after I had been to a Christian festival called Newday, I really felt convicted about not having read my bible in ages. Every Christian, I think, has experienced this, all for different reasons. For me, I was believing a lie that if I spent time with God and read my bible, I wouldn’t get anything out of it and it wouldn’t make a difference to my life. What I expected was to have a dramatic experience with God, or get an answer about a problem straight away, every time I read my bible, so naturally I was disappointed. I would try and read my bible for a few day and then give up feeling like there was no point at all. I still fall into this trap and probably will for most of my life because consistency is a really hard thing to keep.
Sometimes the reason for not reading our bibles is because we simply can’t be bothered, or we think there are more important things to get done instead. Whatever it is, we shouldn’t feel condemned or beat ourselves up because the holy spirit is going to help us and teach to do it, which can be a very slow process. We have to give up our perfectionist ideas instead, in our walks with God because it’s just not going to happen, while we’re here on this earth. A Christian I knew, after Newday, said that after preserving for a long time and not rushing but taking your time with it, you’re will feel the real benefits of the bible- and it’s true: just after reading Philippians and asking God to show me what he’s talking to me about in my life, I felt so much more stable and actually felt like I had more capacity for daily struggles.
My encouragement to you is always keep going back to the bible and chose a book in the bible you’re properly going to study and you will hear God through it and be spiritually charged.
Philippians 3:13-14 “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.”; Romans 8 v 1: “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”