Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
I ran a survey here on Reverend Evans asking how often you read your Bible. Obviously the results are far from scientific and no where near enough people responded for it to be considered an adequate sampling. Nevertheless, you can see that 12% reported reading the Bible rarely, 50% weekly, and 3% daily. I think this is fairly representative of the people that would read my blog, i.e. Christians interested in studying and learning from God's word.
I would venture to guess that if we could sample thousands, both Christian and non-christian, "churched" and "unchurched", (and if people were honest), we would find that we would have a larger percentage towards the rarely and never end of the scale. Why do I say that, you ask? Well, I really believe that every time a person reads the Bible, there is a change. Whether big or small, noticed or undetected, there is a change. The Bible is just that powerful. But, when I look around I can scarcely see the evidence of change in people's lives.
I can only guess as to why people don't read God's Word....and yes I'll be happy to share them with you (thanks for asking). Let me just share a couple reasons why I think many church-going Christians don't read the Bible enough.
- I think even many regular church goers don't read the word for themselves, but rely on the preacher to "give them a word". I hear preachers say that sometimes "I got a word from the Lord for you" or "God sent me here to tell you..." and they go on giving their opinions and not expounding on the Word of God. You know what, everything God has to say to us is IN HIS WORD! READ IT!
- I believe that we all lead such busy lives, that we have allowed God's Word to be pushed aside. We don't realize we are doing that because we comfort ourselves with the notion that "I made it to church today and got a good word, and now I feel better". But God's Word is as important as eating, and we wouldn't survive very long only eating one big meal every Sunday, would we?. Job said "I esteem thee more than my necessary food".
God ordered my steps and I was educated as a teacher and spent a few years teaching high school. So let me teach you God's Word. I can help you not only learn God's Word, but also learn how to learn God's Word.
Leave a comment and tell us why you think people don't read the Bible like they should.
I will soon blog on a snippet from a sermon I preached on The Power of the Word. Stay tuned.