If you’ve been around here for a while you know I have a deep passion for several things, one of those is being in the Word. Reading my Bible is an integral part of my faith, as well as my daily routine.
But it wasn’t always like that.
I’ve been a believer for majority of my life but it wasn’t until last year when I finally came to realize just how important being in God’s Word every single day was.
As a new Christian in my teenage years, I would flip through my Bible on a whim.
As a young adult I would passionately study certain books of the Bible for group study but never on my own.
As a working professional, I was “too busy” to find daily times to sit down and read the Bible, getting most of my teachings and encouragement from spiritual growth books.
As a young mom, I was (and am still!) overwhelmed, exhausted and frazzled. How could I possible get up any earlier to read my Bible?
I was in a dangerous cycle of only going to God’s Word when I needed a pick-me-up or encouraging word to apply to MY life. I wasn’t looking at the bigger picture.
In the later part of the fall of 2011, my heart started yearning for something more though. I knew God’s Word needed to be a bigger part of my life, but how?
So I did the only practical thing I could think of…. commit to reading the entire Bible in one year. And I did but as I reading the assigned passages so I could “check” them off my list, a bigger story started to unfold in my heart.
Along with reading the Bible through, I started reading aloud The Jesus Storybook Bible to my kids every single night. I’ve believed that God can use anything to truly touch our hearts, and he did. He used a children’s read aloud book to captivate my heart.
I wanted to know more about the stories I was reading aloud. I wanted to connect the dots to see how God used these people thousands of years ago to record the story of our faith journey. I wanted to draw closer to God.
As a result, I’ve been actively in God’s Word daily now, no longer approaching it as a source for daily encouragement to fill ME up (although it does) but rather as a way to draw closer to the heart of God.
I share the story of my own Bible illiteracy to show how common of a problem it is… even among believers.
Some Shocking Statistics:
Bible illiteracy is a real problem among professing believers. More and more people aren’t actively in God’s Word every single day, yet what is more alarming is that many Christians don’t even know the basics about the Bible to begin with!