What If You Don't Want To Read Your Bible?

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Sometimes I honestly just don’t feel like reading my Bible. Anyone else? I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not alone in this, but I do feel like it’s something we might feel a little bit ashamed to admit at times. But, let’s get real. We are sinful people living in a broken world. We have constant distractions and temptations that surround us and it is easier to give in to those things at times.

I wanted to dive into this a little bit & share some practical tips for when I am in a dry place in my spiritual walk and also provide some encouragement as to why as believers it is important for us to be in the Word. If you are not a believer in Christ, no worries, you’re still welcome here and I hope that this gives a tiny insight into what we believe.

For me, I think my lack of desire to study scripture can be explained by two things. My sin, namely pride and idolatry, keeps me from the Lord. That’s obvious and is something I have to confess and repent of constantly. I have also found that my motivation behind why I’m studying scripture and where my heart is at also plays a major factor in whether I am waking up wanting to spend time with the Lord.

I can remember growing up and being told that Bible was an acronym and it stood for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth”. And, not only is that cheesy, but it also misses the point of studying scripture and spending time in the Word. The Bible is not about us. It’s about God. Are there some instructions for us? Absolutely. But, ultimately the Bible is a display of God’s glory and His love for us. It lays out the narrative of God’s plan for humanity -- creation, the fall, redemption, and restoration. Each and every story, command, psalm, pointing us towards our loving, gracious God who sent His Son to save us. When we view the Bible incorrectly & only see it through the lenses of how it will help us, what it will do for us, and as a means to become a “better person”, we will eventually become discouraged because that’s not what it is intended for.

“We ask it [the Bible] to tell us about ourselves, and all the while it is telling us about ‘I AM’. We think that if it would just tell us who we are and what we should do, then our insecurities, fears, and doubts would vanish, but our insecurities, fears, and doubts can never be banished by the knowledge of who we are. They can only be banished by the knowledge of ‘I AM’.

― Jen Wilkin, Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds

When we focus on the I AM, seeing and knowing Him, scripture becomes more engaging. We are seeking to know our Creator who loves us immensely rather than just hoping it’s a magic solution to making our day go better or smoother or turn us into a good person. Now, do those things happen when studying the word? Of course. As we know our God better, we will become more like Him.

“We must make a study of our God: what he loves, what he hates, how he speaks and acts. We cannot imitate a God whose features and habits we have never learned. We must make a study of him if we want to become like him. We must seek his face.”

― Jen Wilkin, Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds

When I can refocus my motivations on truly just knowing and worshipping God and take the focus off of myself, I have such a stronger desire to be in the Word.

If you are struggling with being in the Word or just want some practical tips for studying scripture, here are a few...

Do it anyways. Are your motivations off? Is reading scripture the last thing you want to do right now? Spend time with Him anyways. Ask Him to give you the desire to spend time with Him. Ask for your heart to be better aligned with His. Scripture is God’s living and active word. If you are spending time studying it your heart will be transformed.

Find resources to help you. There are so many great resources and Bible studies that you can walk through that will help increase your knowledge and understanding of who God is. (I will be sharing some of my favorites at the bottom of this blog post for anyone who is looking for some recommendations!) Just as a note: while I believe devotionals can definitely serve a purpose, they do not and should not take the place of spending time actually studying the Bible.

Get some accountability. Find a friend to walk through the Scriptures together. Do a study or a plan together and make time to discuss what you have read and what you are learning. Ask them to pray with and for you that you would have a desire to be in the Word. We are wired to live in community and I know that at some of the darkest moments of my life, when I was struggling with doubt, I needed friends to constantly remind me of and push me closer to the Lord when I was trying to turn around and run the other way.

Here are a few of my favorite resources in regards to studying the Word of God!

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds

This is a book written by Jen Wilkin, one of my very favorite authors and speakers. Obviously this is not a Bible study, but all of the quotes from above are from this book and she gives such great insight and practical tips into studying the Bible with our hearts and our minds!

Jen Wilkin’s Bible Studies

Not only do I recommend her book, but her studies are incredible & you can find several of them online for free! These are my very, very favorite studies & there is even an accompanying podcast that you can listen to her teach after you have completed each lesson! So so good.

Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story

If you are new to studying the Bible or if you are just wanting to walk through the Bible as a whole, this is a great study that walks through how the Bible is ultimately one complete story.

She Reads Truth

She Reads Truth has studies and an app that guide you through being in the Word daily. They’re studies are beautiful & it’s an amazing community of women!

IF Gathering

IF Gathering creates studies that you can purchase and will also send an email each day with text and a video to accompany your daily Bible reading. I love everything that IF Gathering does!

Do you have any resources or recommendations? Leave them in the comments below!

XO,

ASHLEY