Recently, I was looking at a book recommended to me about perseverance. In order to accomplish anything in life we need to persevere. That is true in every important pursuit, but particularly vital in reading the Bible cover to cover, as we are encouraging everyone to do in 2018. You have to persevere.
I wanted to provide some encouragement from a few paragraphs I have read recently. If you need to keep your nose to the grindstone, or if you need a little bit of a jump start in your Bible reading, here are some insightful comments.
James Merritt writes these words:
“The more I read the Bible, the more I fall in love with its author – God the Father; its subject – God the Son; and its producer – God the Holy Spirit. The more I get into the Bible, the more it gets into me, and then the more I become like Him. When I drill into the Bible, I am filled with divine truth and thrilled with what it does to my mind, heart, and soul. Grab a shovel and dig into this eternal treasure for yourself.”
Charles Swindoll wrote these words excerpted from a recent post:
“If we think of the spirit as needing food, the problem is often malnutrition. God’s Word—His written Truth—provides the Christian with all the nutrients and true enthusiasm he or she can absorb. Coupled with the indwelling Holy Spirit’s motivating power, God’s Word can virtually transform a life. But the effects are not instantaneous. You can’t reverse the effects of physical starvation with just one meal.
Believers need to get back to the basics! If Psalm 119 says anything, it says we must be willing to consume a steady diet of truth from His Book and digest the principles it contains. Pore over it. Pray over it. Read it. Study it. Memorize sections of it. Meditate upon it. Let it saturate your thinking. Use it when problems arise. Filter your decisions through it. Don’t let a day pass without spending time alone with God, listening to the silent voice of His eloquent Word.
All other attempts to gain spiritual growth lead to frustration. I know; I’ve tried many of them. With each one my enthusiasm waned; with God’s Word my enthusiasm grows. Nothing enables us to live beyond the grind of low enthusiasm like a daily application of His Word to our situation—absolutely nothing!”
Whatever it takes, stick with it. You will find that it is well worth it!