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What’s our Problem?

“I’m too busy. My schedule doesn’t work. I don’t like to read. I’m bored with it. I don’t understand it. I’ve read it before. I don’t know…I’m not drawn to it.I just struggle getting into it.”

Have you ever heard these excuses before regarding reading our Bibles? Have you ever felt that way or even heard yourself say these things or other similar excuses? Jim Elliff lays out a brief but convicting article here regarding WHY you (we) don’t read our Bibles.

Read Jim’s article “Why You Don’t Read Your Bible” HERE

To follow onto Jim’s article, I want to add the following thoughts from a blog post I wrote in 2009 on the same topic:

I spent 7 years in engineering school and have been working as an engineer in the industry for 17 years now, which means my brain thrives on numbers. I think numbers. It drives people crazy, but you can pretty much break any issue down to pure numbers and quantify the results to make a point. Often, the output of one of these data calculations makes a strong impact. Let me show you what I mean.

Recently I had a conversation with a couple of my friends regarding how often we read our Bibles. The answer all of us commonly give is, “I don’t read enough.” Or, “I wish I could read more.” Or, the worst of all, “I’m just too busy to read the Bible. I can’t find time to fit it in.”

So, we’ve all been there and we all have friends that have been there. Maybe we haven’t just been there, but maybe we are stuck in that rut now! Maybe this blog post is a little painful and these numbers will make it worse. It hurts, but we are in it together, right? Brothers and sisters keeping each other accountable.

Let’s take the schedule of a typical week: 7 days full of working, sleeping, eating, driving, etc.

A 7 day week consists of 168 hours, which expands out to 10,080 minutes. Yes, 10,080 minutes…I think you can see where we are going with this.

Let’s now remove the minutes for sleeping, working, and driving since it is pretty hard to read while doing these tasks. Even though we could listen to an audio Bible while driving…if we really wanted to. Typically the average person sleeps 8 hours a day, works 8 hours a day (5 days a week) and drives 1 hour a day. (8*7+8*5+1*7) = 103 hours, this now expands out to 6,180 minutes.

10,080 – 6,180 = 3,900 (65 hours) left over.

So, what are you going to do with your spare 3,900 minutes a week? I’m asking my self the same question. 65 hours. 65 hours left over.

Can we spend a measly 15 minutes a day (105 minutes a week) reading the Bible and still have over 3700 minutes leftover? Can we spare 15 minutes a day reading the “word” of the glorious, all powerful, omnipotent creator of the universe who is our savior and our refuge who sacrificed himself for our sins and paid the price forever and ever and he who blesses us continually and he who we will spend all eternity worshiping in Heaven? Will we spend a few minutes a day with Him and reading what He has said to us? Can we spend 30 minutes? More? Or is our extra 3900 minutes to important and filled with self-satisfying tasks and activities to share it with God?

We would if we want to. We would if we loved Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

1 Timothy 4:6-8 (ESV) – “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

About abidingthroughgrace

Married with kids, work as CEO of Engineering Firm, I am Reformed in faith and Baptistic in flavor, I hold to the 5 Solas, TULIP, and currently studying Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Baptist Seminary.

16 comments on “What’s our Problem?

  1. It all boils down to this: we don’t care what God has said. All them excuses are no more than that, a cover for the naked truth that we do not love the Word of God. May God have mercy on us!

  2. Agreed with Manfred. The heart touched by God will craved after the Word, it is as important as air! ~ JR

    Reblogged this on Shattered By Grace.

  3. Reblogged this on Drawn From The Mire and commented:
    Amen!!

  4. I’m guilty.

    Todd
    Texas

  5. Todd – EVERYONE is guilty. Let us encourage one another – for the glory of our Lord.

  6. Reading the bible is best. However if we find we cannot seem to get that time in reading, then cut out that TV-it’s mostly grunge anyways. If it’s not the TV that we don’t even have time for much less reading the bible, then get a CD or recording of God’s word.

    I listen to a Chapter on Proverbs for a whole week in my car and believe me the word of God is getting IN ME.

    find time not because God is mad or is counting anyone “more worthy of his love or righteous” NO> But because WE are missing out on a good time. God loves us with the righteousness of Jesus Christ just the same as HE is ETERNAL.

    Deception is so dangerous and huge in our hearts. We don’t know that the reason why we don’t find the time or desire it is because our eyes are so dull with pride and arrogance. We don’t feel like spending time with the Lord and reading his precious word is all that wonderful because we don’t see the beauty of Jesus Christ and how incredibly precious he actually IS. If we knew we’d be blown away.

    Ask God to create in us Holy affections and a hunger and thirst for righteousness. He’s the creator not us~~~

  7. I didn’t know that God sent people to Hell for not reading their Bibles. It is true that failure of the believer to read and appropriate the Word will result in a fruitless life. The article had good points but was a little condescending.

  8. Word of Promise NKJV on CD. Turns the hours in the car from pain to gain. Then throw out the TV and put it on in the evening. My 14 year old will come inside from playing to get a drink or use the facilities, and then sit down and listen for quite a while even as the neighbor kids continue to play.
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/Audiobooks-/29792/i.html?_sop=15&_from=R40&_nkw=Word+of+Promise+bible

  9. Rollins,

    Thank you for reading . The point isn’t that NOT reading your Bible sends you to hell. The point is that NOT reading your Bible is a symptom of the condition of the person’s faith in Christ. Sadly if someone has no desire for reading their Bible the have no desire for Christ and therefore they are likely bound for Hell. He who claims to have faith, but has no time for God is not a Christian. If you study out John 15, a fruitless life is actually a lifeless life bound for the burning trash heap.

    I didn’t find the article condescending at all (Jim’s or my addition above), but I do believe that in a lot of cases (not yours since I do not know you) what is actually happening is the conviction of the Holy Spirit pointing out sin in our lives by stepping on our prideful toes and it making us uncomfortable.

    I pray that ultimately the article would be an encouragement to you in reading the scriptures more.

    In the immeasurable love of Christ,
    -atg

  10. ATG, your explanation does help me understand this a bit better. Thank you for that. I am grateful for the encouragement to stay in the Word. My apologies if I sounded too defensive ( I Corinthians 13:5).

  11. abidingthroughgrace said~”I didn’t find the article condescending at all (Jim’s or my addition above), but I do believe that in a lot of cases (not yours since I do not know you) what is actually happening is the conviction of the Holy Spirit pointing out sin in our lives by stepping on our prideful toes and it making us uncomfortable.”

    That’s a good thing so that (if) we are not saved we will be challenged to check ourselves and test to see if we are in the faith.

    I think a huge indicator is when a person is born again. If a person has truly been born again the will have a deep hunger and thirst for God’s word-for me it was Immediately because I wanted to know the Jesus of the Bible who washed all my sins away and filled my heart with God’s love and joy. I became so hungry and imbibed God’s word. I had sucha dramatic change because you see, I used to HATE to read and to LOVE to read God’s word was an opposite from the way I used to be. When Jesus saved me, I fell in love with reading the bible which was a wonderful book to start with and I wanted to memorize so much Scripture. I believe what really did it for me was when I began in the book of Matthew as a new born babe and came across a verse in Matthew that says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; for they will be filled”. that verse was illumined by the Holy Spirit and came alive and spoke to me(not audibly) but the Holy Spirit in me brought me this joy that this verse spoke directly to ME. This book is alive and real ~

    I’ve always been concerned with people who profess they are a “Christian” and yet they have no desire to crack open the word of God. None. I don’t think we can live duplicitous lives by separating the man of God from the word of God. It is our LIFE just like Jesus said, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

  12. @ Linda
    For a second there I thought you were misspelling Jessie Duplantis’ last name when you wrote duplicitous since he too seperates God from the Word of God…My bad LOL

  13. @Mickey Merrie, lol you probably need to rest your eyes some from all your hard work of ferreting out all the false teachers and teachings. Sometimes words can blend together like that. No worries I’ve done the same way

    Jesse Duplantis oh my goodness no I don’t care at all for his false teachings and delusions

  14. LOL!
    Actually, I concentrate on His Truth! We can spend a thousand lifetimes becoming an expert on error but nevr come to know the Truth. However seeking His Truth to abide within us simply makes the error more glaring! The hardest error to see is in our “Traditions of the Elders” blind spot. I followed Paul’s lead and counted everything I had learned from man in my religious past as dung, and asked the Holy Spirit to lead me in all Truth in Christ Jesus, through the Word in context, for that is what He was sent to do!…And He is Faithful!

  15. Amen mickey you said it so well. We handle the genuine -the word of God so much just like bankers handle real money so when the counterfeit comes we spot it and it does make the “error more glaring”

    Thanks for such insightful truths

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