How To Stay In The Scriptures When You Struggle To Read The Bible
Do you ever struggle to read the bible?
If you do, you’re not alone.
Reading and meditating on the scriptures is foundational and transformational. As Christians, it shapes our identity, as worship leaders it informs our worship and our leadership.
We believe the Bible is God’s word, inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible nurtures our relationship with God.
We have more access now to the Bible than ever before - more translations, devotionals, study guides and apps... YET with an onslaught of media competing for our time and attention, we still can so easily neglect this unparalleled resource.
God our Father is not a taskmaster. He is not looking down from heaven shaking His head at us because today we haven’t ticked our “read the bible” box.
Rather, He is wanting to spend time with us… to commune, to meet, to speak.
Our commitment to the scriptures is a devotion to knowing God.
(*Psalm 119 vs 11-19)
I go through cycles of motivation with my bible reading - sometimes I’m all over it… other times I struggle.
Here are 4 ways I have continued to stay in the scriptures when I’ve found it hard to read the bible...
1. You Version - Bible App
This resource is amazing. It has -
Oodles of translations
An abundance of reading plans and devotionals
Daily alarm reminders
Videos - both documentary and storytelling
Audio - so you can listen if your eyes aren't available
Download it, use it. Click onto it before you open one of your social media apps.
2. BIOY - App
I love this App.
I heard songwriter Martin Smith once say that we should attempt at reading the bible cover-to-cover every year - Ambitious, I thought.
But with the BIOY App - it's possible!
(thank you very much, Rev. Nicky Gumble)
Every day in this App is a journey through three passages -
This has helped me get through those really difficult books like Deuteronomy (smiley face)… and even better if you can’t get through the readings the passage is read to you and the devotional spoken over you by Nicky!
(Nicky doesn’t know but often he reads to me when I am in the shower!)
Each day has a devotional with stories, quotes themes linking the three passages. It is so well thought out, synchronised and God-breathed. I always get something out of it.
3. Recite a psalm
If I have found myself in a "non-bible rut" cause it's been "one of those weeks", I’ll sit at the end of my nine-year-olds bed at lights down and read aloud a Psalm.
It blesses me, blesses Him and makes for some interesting questions.
4. Turn up to Church
If you’ve failed to read your bible this week, or for many weeks… don’t beat yourself up - turn up to Church.
Sing the lyrics of truth in worship, listen to the gospel as it is preached and taught. Let the words and the texts spoken and sung, rest in your spirit.
This is one reason I love the Church gathering and am committed week after week - because I know the Word of God will be spoken into me.
The bible helps us in our pursuit of a relationship with God. The Holy scriptures develop us as worshipers and leaders.
My encouragement to you - Worshipper, Leader - is find a way to get the scriptures in, continue to journey forward in your pursuit and calling to Him.
11 have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
**Col 3:16 "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”