Another big excuse is that the person just doesn’t have time. This one is really laughable. We often say we don’t have time for something, but in reality we always make time for what we find important to us. I don’t have time to read the Bible because I have to watch my soap opera. I don’t have time to read the Bible because I want to watch the football game. I don’t have time to read the Bible because I am always on Facebook. What would you think if you wanted to take your wife/girlfriend out on a special date and she said, “Sorry, I don’t have time to go on a date because I need to wash my hair?” What is your husband/boyfriend said, “Honey, you know I love you, but I can’t spend time with you because I have a football game to watch?”
Some of you experience those situations. Unless I am way wrong, that makes you feel unloved and unwanted. Now, how do we make God feel when we—by our actions—say, “I would love to spend time with you but other things are much more important”? Can we really claim to love God but not want to spend time with Him? One reason we have puny churches is we have puny Christians. We have puny Christians because we don’t want to spend time with our Lord and grow in His strength.
When we put other things before spending time with our Lord and Savior, is that not idolatry? Are we not worshipping the football game, the computer game, Facebook time, or whatever? Have those things taken over your love for God? Have those things kept you from spending time in His Word? If so, you can change.
This is a new year and a good time to make changes in your life.
But I can’t understand the words in the Bible. There are many easy to read translations available in the bookstores. One very easy to read translation is the New Living Translation. I highly recommend it.
The world of the Bible was so different than our world, I just don’t understand what was going on. That is not problem, find a Bible teacher and ask questions. I will be very glad to try and answer any question you have about the Bible or spiritual life. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to explain the Bible in a way that is understandable. Yes, they did things differently over 2000 years ago, so unless you have made a study of ancient cultures, it can be very confusing.
I don’t have a plan to read the Bible and it is such a daunting quest. That is no problem. You can get so many different plans to read through the Bible that you can spend all your time trying to decide which plan to use. I send out a weekly Bible reading schedule that has you reading through the Bible on a two year basis. This is not too hard to do. As time permits, I will be sending study notes to help you understand what you are reading.
I didn’t start on January 1 so I will wait until next year. Just another excuse! The Bible reading plan I am working on doesn’t start until Monday, January 6. So you have not even gotten behind. However, even if you miss the 6th, start anytime you can. Just get into reading your Bible.
If you are interested in receiving the Two Year Bible Reading Plan, just email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and mention you want to join the Bible reading group.