June 24, 2017

How much do you love reading your Bible?

I've been a Christian for 18 or 19 years now and I can recall early on in my walk with Christ that reading the Bible was definitely encouraged to me, but I had only read portions of it, from time to time.  I remember making a commitment to read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but somewhere along the way, as I missed a day or two, then a week or more, then several weeks, I never tried to restart what I wanted to finish.

This post isn't about the benefits of following a bible reading plan, but rather it's about the pleasure of reading the Bible every day.

One of the easiest things a person can do, as a starter, is to read 1 chapter of Proverbs with the corresponding date every morning.  For example, today is June 24th and you would read Proverbs 24.  For June 25th, Proverbs 25 and so on.

If a person followed that format of reading Proverbs, it would be read 12 times throughout the year.  1 chapter a day, 30 chapters each month and you'd read Proverbs 31 still, on the 30th day.

But each day, we should take some time to read the Word of God and even to set a goal for ourselves to read through the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

Thankfully, reading the Bible should be like enjoying a good meal.  No one sits down to gorge themselves with a 20oz Porterhouse steak, mashed sweet potatoes, carrots and a delicious strawberry cheesecake.  All of that does sound good, doesn't it?  I'm getting hungry.  But I digress.

How much of Scripture do you take in daily?  How much do you consider it to be an important part of your life and why?

I found these quotes of various people who simply loved reading the Bible and each of these people listed here just kept consistent with their reading of God's Holy Word.  It's as important as breathing because you cannot live without oxygen.  It's as important as the blood in your veins because you cannot live without blood circulating throughout your body, to the heart especially to help keep you alive and reading the Bible must become that important to each believer as well.

There is a quote by Charles Spurgeon where he said, "A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't."  

It would be better to have a worn out bible through diligent and voracious reading and note scribbled throughout, than to have our lives worn out by worrying about the things we cannot control.

Men and their Bible

“I know not a better rule of reading the Scripture, than to read it through from beginning to end and when we have finished it once, to begin it again. We shall meet with many passages which we can make little improvement of, but not so many in the second reading as in the first, and fewer in the third than in the second: provided we pray to him who has the keys to open our understandings, and to anoint our eyes with His spiritual ointment.” – John Newton

“The deceit, the lie of the devil consists of this that he wishes to make man believe that he can live without God’s Word. Thus he dangles before man’s fantasy a kingdom of faith, of power, and of peace, into which only he can enter who consents to the temptations; and conceals from men that he, as the devil, is the most unfortunate and unhappy of beings, since he is finally and eternally rejected by God.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it…. What is the food of the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God; and….not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.” – George Müller

“Who speaks for God? He does quite nicely for Himself. Through His holy and infallible Word – and the quiet obedience of His servants.”  Charles Colson

We can never learn too much of His will towards us, too much of His messages and His advice. The Bible is His word and its study gives at once the foundation for our faith and an inspiration to battle onward in the fight against the tempter. - John D. Rockefeller

Preachers and the Bible

I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end he came from heaven. He has written it down in a book! Oh, give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be: “A man of one book.” John Wesley

“I began to read the Holy Scriptures upon my knees, laying aside all other books, and praying over, if possible, every line and word. This proved meat indeed and drink indeed to my soul. I daily received fresh life, light and power from above.”George Whitefield
Scripture is the manger in which the Christ lies.’  As a mother goes to a cradle to find her baby so the Christian goes to the Bible to find Jesus.  Don’t let us inspect the cradle and forget to worship the baby.” – Martin Luther
“Having knowledge of the Bible is essential to a rich and meaningful life.” – Billy Graham
The more you read the Bible, the more you meditate on it, the more you will be astonished by it.” – Charles Spurgeon
The Word of God and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select just a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than the whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” A.W. Tozer

Early Church fathers and the Bible
“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” – Augustine of Hippo
“Let us therefore yield ourselves and bow to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, which can neither err nor deceive.” – Augustine of Hippo
“The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.” Flavel
“I exhort and entreat you all, disregard what this man and that man thinks about such things, and inquire from the Holy Scriptures all these things.” – John Chrysostom

President's and their Bible

John Adams, our second President of the United States, used to read the entire Bible each year from cover to cover.  He studied the Scriptures every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
I have myself for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year. I have always endeavored to read it with the same spirit and temper of mind which I now recommend to you; that is, with the intention and desire that it contribute to my advancement in wisdom and virtue … My custom is, to read four or five chapters every morning, immediately after rising from my bed. It employs about an hour of my time, and seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day.” – President John Adams in a letter to his son.
Andrew Jackson, our seventh President, referred to the Bible as “the rock on which our Republic rests.”  He read three to five chapters of the Bible each day. 
Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, called the Bible “the best gift God has ever given to man…But for it we could not know right from wrong.”  The quote I most like by Lincoln is, “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book that you can by reason and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man. It is the best book which God has given to man.”
Woodrow Wilson, our twenty-eighth President, once noted, “The Bible is the Word of life.  I beg that you will read it and find this out for yourself.  When you have read the Bible you will know it is the Word of God, because you will have found in it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, our thirty-fourth President, and his family used the Bible each day during family devotions with each family member taking his or her turn in reading a passage. 
Jimmy Carter, our thirty-ninth President, reads the Bible daily and has taught a Sunday school class for over three decades. 
Ronald Reagan, the fortieth President, wrote, “Inside the Bible’s pages lie all the answers to all the problems man has ever known.  I hope Americans will read and study the Bible…It is my firm belief that the enduring values presented in its pages have a great meaning for each of us and for our nation.  The Bible can touch our hearts, order our minds, and refresh our souls.”

I will delight in your statutes; 
I will not forget your word.  
Psalm 119:16

This list is found posted at The Center for Biblical Studies and linked here.


John S said...

I have also held my Bible like a teddy bear. Harking back to when I was a baby, I have cradled my Bible and fell asleep with it. Most of the time this happened during worrisome or negative periods. Sometimes I went to sleep holding my Bible just because I was happy and grateful to the Lord. I have also, on occasion, hugged my Bible while I was awake because I can't physically hug God, so this was the closest physical thing, LOL.

John S said...

I have also held my Bible like a teddy bear. Harking back to when I was a baby, I have cradled my Bible and fell asleep with it. Most of the time this happened during worrisome or negative periods. Sometimes I went to sleep holding my Bible just because I was happy and grateful to the Lord. I have also, on occasion, hugged my Bible while I was awake because I can't physically hug God, so this was the closest physical thing, LOL.