The Word – Why (do we) not?

Although the Word is Truth, Christ Himself, and given to us for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17), we still do not read it. Why is that?

Three possible reasons why we don’t read the Bible:

  1. You may not believe it
  2. Sin is distracting or deceiving you
  3. You have not experienced God through the Word yet

  1. You may not believe it

Romans 1

“20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”

Although God has revealed Himself to us in creation(general revelation) and the Word (special revelation), there are those who suppress the truth and worship other things.

2. Sin is distracting or deceiving you

James 1

“14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived(wander), my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
You may not be aware that there is a war continually going on for the souls of man  (Ephesians 6). When we allow ourselves to be tempted and lured away to primarily pursue anything other than Christ, we are participating in idolatry (the worship of anything other than God). Also, the enemy is a father of lies, deceiving people, including Christ followers, to believe anything other than the truth.

3. You have not experienced the power of God through reading/meditating on the Word.

Ephesians 4

“12 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
God wants you to grow up. You learn new concepts and build on the foundation of your education as you move through school and college, so why wouldn’t the Lord expect you to increase in your knowledge and understanding of the Word? If you have not experienced the Lord speaking answers and guidance to you through the Bible, then you have not truly been pursuing God. His desire is for you to “grow up” in your understanding, knowledge, appreciation, and love for the Word. The Holy Spirit will help us in this (John 16:13), but we must be prayerfully pursuing Him and allowing the Spirit to change us.

The solution to all of these reasons is Christ. Repent, focus on Christ, believe in Him and his work, and trust that the Lord will continually change you into the image of the Son, so that we will grow up in every way into Him.

Supporting Scripture:
  • Psalm 119:97-104
  • Psalm 1
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Questions for Discussion:

  • How often do you read? What do you read? Why do you read it?
  • Why do you think it is so hard to commit to reading the Bible?
  • Has the Lord ever answered a prayer or concern you had through a passage in Scripture?
  • Did you know the Bible has different kinds of literature? There’s poetry, narrations, wisdom sayings, history, even future telling! What is your favorite type of genre of literature?

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