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12-1-2011 Adventures in Bible reading

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

This past week has gone surprisingly well as I have managed to do something I haven’t been successful doing in the past: getting up early and reading the Word.

Unless you count the euphoria of rising early for a vacation or Saturday mornings getting up to watch Bugs Bunny cartoons, I have never been a morning person. But yet mornings are really the best time to spend with God. Early mornings when nobody else is up.

So, I’ve reminded myself that by getting to bed at a decent hour, I will have an easier time getting up early to spend it with God.

Currently, all I have left until the end of the year is the Minor Prophets and Proverbs in the Old Testament and then Acts and Romans in the New Testament. It’s been a bumpy ride, but it’s looking like 2011 will be a year in which I read the Bible completely through cover to cover.

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Back in the blog saddle

It’s easy to convince yourself you’re too tired, too busy to read the Bible daily.

I read this morning and have some catching up to do. If I double my Bible reading, I figure in about two weeks I will be back on target to complete my Bible reading in a year.

Or, I could allott an hour tomorrow to just keep reading until I’ve read several days’ worth.

At the end, it boils down to quality versus quantity. When you read the Bible just to get reading done and not to hear God’s message for you, then you are doing your spirit a gargantuan disservice.

Besides Bible reading, I’m also reading through a book called The Sacred Romance. Lately I’ve thought about how God wants nothing more than to share Himself with us. At night when I’m laying down but not yet tired, during the day when I have some free time, it’s a good time to just talk to God, ask Him questions and see how He chooses to answer us. If Christianity is about following a set of rules that are more based on personal preferences rather than Biblical principles, then it’s in trouble. Even if those rules are based on the Word but are enforced in an uncaring, careless manner, it’s still in trouble. But if Christianity is about developing intimacy with God and then allowing that intimacy to let you see things from His perspective, then there’s hope.

Richard Zowie will turn 30 years old as a Christian in October. He was led to the Lord in October 1981 by Pastor Jimmy Lilly. Post comments here or e-mail them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.