We say it all too often, “I’m too busy to read my Bible.” The problem with this is that our busy lives are not proof that we don’t have enough time to read the Bible. It is proof that we need to rest in His word all the more. We must rest in His strength to get us through our day. We live in a nation where we can access a Bible anywhere at any time. Either at the store, on our smartphones, e-readers, or on the computer. We can access all kinds of information with the tap of our fingers within seconds.
This would have been a tool the early church would love to have had access to. I’ve seen countless missionary videos and pictures of kids in foreign lands crying with joy at the site of boxes being opened full of Bibles. Bibles for them to devour for the first time. In some nations owning a Bible is even a crime. Despite us having the luxury of obtaining a Bible in all forms we take it for granted.
We claim we are too busy to read His word yet how many of us spend our time checking our social media. How many hours are spent binge watching our favorite shows on Netflix. The internet can be good, but it can be a big time waster. Everyone is guilty of this, including myself. We have all stared deep into our reflection on the TV while it loads up a new episode...Thinking to ourselves, “What am I doing with my life?” Don’t get me wrong. I love entertainment and the process of creating it, but there gets to be a point when it can be too much. It can kill time...But kill so much time that we have no time left.
John Piper says: “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.” The quote can be said for not only prayer but reading the word.
Yes there are those of us who work crazy hours just to make a living and that is understandable, but also not an excuse to not read the word. For the most of us we need to dissect the time we spend. Time we will never get back. When we do this we will begin to see the little or big ways we are wasting time. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of it was wasted on too much TV or social media. It’s something we are all guilty of. It’s not about making time for God. We don’t make time for God. We give God our time. When we don’t make God’s word a number one priority in our life we miss out on God speaking to us in our pains, hurts, and struggles. We cry out for answers and search for them high and low everywhere else, when the answers are collecting dust on our shelf.
God is speaking to us.
3 Reasons We Need to Be in the Word Daily:
1. It is How We Grow:
If we want to hear from God we have to listen by reading it daily. The spoken infallible and inerrant word of God teaches us, corrects us, and trains us in righteousness and transforms us into the image of Christ. We can’t do this on our own, not without the word.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” - Timothy 3:16
2. It is Our Weapon:
We are at war. A good soldier of Christ does NOT let his sword rust. A good soldier does not rush out into the muddy and bloody trenches without his weapon. It would be foolish. This weapon is our life, given to us by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We see in scripture that satan knows the Bible and twists it. It is important for us to know its truths to fight against satan’s lies. We are given the greatest weapon to use against the cosmic powers over this present darkness and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places as Ephesians 6:10-1 says:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thought sand intentions of the heart.” - Hebrews 4:12
3. It is How We Discern False Teachers, Prophets, and Doctrines:
If we are not studying His word and His doctrines we will be easily tossed around with cunning false teachers, prophets, and doctrines that may be appearing as angels of light, but are deep down false gospels that are to be accursed. The deeper we study and meditate on His word and His doctrines in prayer, the less likely we will fall into the snares of the enemy.
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” - 2 Peter 2:13
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” - Matthew 7:15-20
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”- 2 Timothy 4:3
Now that we have gone over the importance of being in the word daily, we will look at some practical ways to help stay in the word daily...amongst our busy lives.
Get Up Earlier: Hitting the alarm clock and sleeping in a few extra minutes is great. But there is something about getting up before the sun rises, before anyone is awake, and before the birds are chirping. It’s just you and the word of God.
Stacks of Bibles: Have one in the car, at work, at home, and on your phone. You can read it if you are stuck in traffic, on a lunch break, and of course at home.
Index Cards: Keep index cards with you at all times with scripture on them. Post them on your work desk, in your car, or in your wallet. Print God’s word on your eyeballs so when the enemy attacks, you are prepared with the sword of the spirit.
Journaling: I know it sounds silly, but journaling is very important. It’s a great way to spill out your thoughts, your hurts, and how God is working in your life. It’s an amazing thing to look back upon when you think God is silent in your life.
Friends: Godly friends are critical. They can be there to keep you accountable for not only sins and struggles, but for time wasted and time spent in the word.
Turn the TV and Phone Off!: Entertainment is great and not necessarily bad, but if it’s taking away time that could be spent in the word, then perhaps it is time to turn it off.
Keep Track of Time: It’s very important for us to keep track of our day and how we manage our time. This is also where journaling comes in handy. For a whole week we should track how we spend our time hourly so we can find time that is being wasted. Time that could be put to good use. I did this while I was in college. I was shocked to find out how much free time I actually had...But!...I do know there are some exceptions to this.
Pray: Pray the Lord will reveal areas in our life that can be cut away so we may produce more time in the word, prayer, and in serving others.
All of these practical “tips” are great and I hope they are helpful. But if we first don’t understand the importance of God’s word and what Christ has done on the cross for us it will be for nothing. God gave us time, seasons, the air we breathe. It is important that we use all for the glory of God and for His praise. One day we will stand before the throne of God and we will be held accountable for how we spend our time on this earth. It may seem like a long time, but in the scope of eternity it is but a fleeting moment. Use these fleeting moments to enjoy what the Lord has given us, but also use it in a way that brings Christ more glory.