We talk a lot about staying faithful to reading God’s word, but there are times we simply don’t want to read the Bible— how do we respond to that? We often live “unexamined lives,” so bringing thought and intention to the why beneath our feelings or choices can be powerful. At first many of us may be tempted to stick a quick shame message here, like: I know my heart is wicked. I don’t even want to read the Bible anymore. Man, I am a terrible Christian… Hang on a second. We wouldn’t even care about caring if this was the case, would we? The very fact that we are bothered when we don’t do something shows how much we care that we do. That’s a pretty profound place to begin.
And when we ask the honest “why,” we’ll often gain rich insight into our spiritual experience. Perhaps what lies under the why is the fact that we’re exhausted from overwork, extra childcare duties, a brutal school schedule, or the stress of unemployment. Perhaps what lies under the why is grief, or a need to get outdoors and move, or a longing to socialize. In any case, probing beneath the surface often yields real insight. This helps us start with grace for ourselves and affirmation of our deep desire to be a person whose life is deeply connected to the Bible.
October 5: 1 Thessalonians 3 - 5
October 6: 2 Thessalonians 1 - 3
October 7: Acts 18:18 - 28, 19
October 8: 1 Corinthians 1 - 2
October 9: 1 Corinthians 3 - 4