It's been a month and you realize you're can't remember the last time you touched your Bible...you're not even sure where it is. Where do you even start to get back into the Bible reading flow? Where do you even go in the Bible to get your hunger for the Word of God back? What do you read when you don't even really want to read?
Hey loves! Today for our faith post I thought I'd share a current struggle I am facing. I have to believe that I am not the only person who finds themselves in this position from time to time. I am going to share my junk it may help you the next time you find yourself with a similar mess.
I really loooove the Bible. There have been so many seasons in my life where I just can't read enough of it, but something has happened...and I am not sure when. Bible study was a HUGE part of my last job. I think at some point Bible study itself became a job. When I resigned and left that job, it's like I left the chore of Bible Study there as well. I am not sure if that makes sense but what I mean is somewhere the joy and passion of reading was replaced by a required task of reading.
Condemnation and shame of course quickly surround me and I find myself putting off relationship with God even more because I am surrounded by lies.
So where do you even start when you want to regain that joy and passion and hunger? When you haven’t touched your Bible in weeks, where do you start?
The Promises and Truth
These don’t change because you got busy or distracted. Replace the lies and unbelief with Truth and promises.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14I will be found by you, says the Lord… Jeremiah 29:12-14a NKJV
This is the Lord talking to the nation of Israel, but it shows you the nature of God. He wants to be found. The more you seek Him, the more you will find Him. Don’t let guilt cause you to miss that truth.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:31 NKJV
There is a difference between conviction and condemnation. When God convicts us we sense that were are falling short of our calling and it motivates us to press in further. God woos us to Him when we are messing up or distracted. Condemnation is from the Enemy. When you fell guilty and ashamed and feel like you should avoid God because your aren’t good enough or maybe he’s mad at you, those are lies and that is from the Enemy not God.
God’s goal is always to draw us closer.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:5-7
Replace the word love with God. Seriously go do that… I’ll wait. Now, doesn’t that sound like a God you wanna know and be close to? That is who He is! His love is unconditional and it does not shrink or flee because you lost focus.
Now that we’ve look at some Truth packed promises, read. Simple right. Just do it. Go get your Bible and read. What’s your favorite book? Psalms? Proverbs? 1 John? Start there. Do you have a book that you’ve read so many times you start to worry that maybe you should branch out a little? Don’t. Go back to that book and start there! There’s a reason you are constantly drawn to it. Read there and get all fired up again and go from there.
You don’t really have a favorite? That’s okay. I suggest you start with The Gospel of John. That book is my favorite for when I need a reminder of just how great Jesus is. Then read on from there. Find your favorite! Just read.
I mentioned that reading became a chore. That was bad because I wasn’t doing it to seek God I was just doing it because it was necessary to do my job. It took the relationship aspect out of it. That was bad, however I do not think making reading your Bible daily a discipline is wrong. There will be days when you don’t want to read because you are tired, or overloaded for the day. Life happens. God’s aware. There’s grace for those moments. Then there will be days where you are in the way. There will be days where you forget to die to yourself and it will take discipline to press through and dig into the Word of God to overcome those fleshy days.
I hope this helps y’all because I know it has greatly helped me lately. Share this post with your friends and maybe we can help them too.
As always, thank you guys for coming by!