It is foolishness to suggest that war is good for absolutely nothing.
There’s an old song that has the lyrics, “War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing“. The song has a catchy tune, but its pacifist lyrics show a complete ignorance for reality. War may not be pleasant, but at times it is necessary. When the Nazi evil began spreading across Europe at the end of the 1930’s, what was Great Britain supposed to do? Sit quietly and hope for the best because we didn’t like war? Of course not! If a country is attacked by another country, are they supposed to just put their hands up and surrender because they don’t like war? Again, of course not! It is foolishness to suggest that war is good for absolutely nothing.
If you asked them when they last read their Bible they would struggle to remember.
Yet that is exactly the attitude that many Christians have towards the Bible. Of course, they wouldn’t directly say it and would probably deny it, but if you asked them when they last read their Bible they would struggle to remember. There are many excuses that people have for not reading their Bibles, they include:
- “I’m not much a reader“
- “I’m just so busy, I don’t have the time“
- “I don’t understand all those thee’s and thou’s“
- “I prefer to listen to sermons, rather than reading the Bible myself“
- “I’m more of a worship person really“
The list could probably go on and on. Even many Christians that do read their Bibles, see it as a chore that there are supposed to do as Christians. But if you are one of those people that make excuses for not reading your Bible, or if you do read, but get little out of it, then you are really missing out! The Bible is not some irrelevant ancient manuscript, with some nice children’s stories. It is God’s manual for daily living, relevant both in times past and today. It contains God’s promises to you. It is quite literally, the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says that it is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart“. It is not something to be dismissed, as though it is totally unimportant.
You need to start reading your Bible on a daily basis.
Let’s deal with some of the excuses, or to be nicer ‘reasons’, I mentioned above. Firstly, “I’m not much of a reader“. You may not be much a reader, but to be blunt you need to change that and start reading your Bible on a daily basis. Ask God to speak to you before you read it and expect Him to do so. God encourages us to read our Bibles, not for His benefit, but for ours. Saying you are not much of a reader is the spiritual equivalent of saying that you are not much of an eater. You need to eat regularly to feed and nourish your natural body and you need to read your Bible regularly to feed and nourish your spirit. Rather than reading your Bible briefly and being satisfied that you have done enough to tick off your list for the day, you need to be like Oliver Twist and utter that famous line, “Please sir, I want some more“. You need to be hungry for the Word of God – how else are you going to grow?
What’s more important to you – the latest episode of a soap opera or what God wants to say to you?
Another excuse was “I’m too busy“. Well, I would actually agree with this one – if you are too busy to read the Bible, then yes, you are too busy. You need to make reading the Bible a priority, not something you fit in if you have the time. The Bible is God speaking to you – give it the respect it deserves! It’s easy to make time for daily Bible reading if you really want to. For example, how much time do you spend watching television or surfing the net? Could some of this time be given to Bible reading? After all, what’s more important to you – the latest episode of a soap opera or what God wants to say to you? Another way to make more time is to get up earlier in the morning. Psalm 63:1 says “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee“.
Check out some different versions and find one that suits you.
The third excuse was “I don’t understand all those thee’s and thou’s“. This is a pretty lame excuse! Firstly ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ are both old English for ‘you’ – its not complicated, but I do get the point. Personally I like the King James Version of the Bible, but it is not the only English version available. Check out some different versions and find one that suits you, even better, find more than one version. The Bible was written in Hebrew and Greek, and often it takes more than one English translation to convey the full meaning of the original text. One online resource I can recommend is biblegateway.com it has a very large number of different English translations, as well as many other language versions.
You should always check what is being taught against what the Bible actually says.
The fourth excuse was “I prefer to listen to sermons“. The problem with this (in addition to everything above) is that if you do not read the Bible for yourself, you will not know whether what is being taught to you is true or not. You should always check what is being taught against what the Bible actually says. Especially if you are not sure about something. The final excuse that I listed was “I’m more of a worship person really“. Now firstly, it’s great that you’re into worship. Worship is certainly very important, but being into worship is not an alternative to reading your Bible. It is not an either or situation – both things are an important part of a successful Christian life.
As I said there are probably many more ‘reasons’ why people fail to read their Bible on a regular basis (and by regular I don’t mean once a month!), but I think we have answered most of the ‘reasons’. Let me end this post with some verses from Psalm 119. This psalm was written by someone (probably David) who clearly loved God’s Word and did not in any way see it as an irrelevance. Let your attitude to the Bible be the one described in these verses. (All the verses below are taken from the Amplified Bible.)
- Verse 11: “Your word I have treasured and stored in my heart, that I may not sin against You.“
- Verse 16: “I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.“
- Verse 18: “Open my eyes [to spiritual truth] so that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.“
- Verse 97: “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.“
- Verse 103: “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!“
- Verse 105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.“
Finally as you read your Bible, don’t just read it and forget it. Instead, meditate on what you read.
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