This month, we are praying that we would have a hunger for God's Word--The Bible. I don't know about you, but I know when I am physically hungry. There is that feeling in the pit of my stomach that just won't go away. I know how to satisfy it. All I have to do is eat some food. What I think is more difficult is how to realize and satisfy the hunger of our spirits for the Word of God.
In March of 2014, I began using a daily Bible reading plan at YouVersion that would take me through the entire Bible in a year's time. I'd like to say that I have completed my journey. After all it's been a year. However, I haven't. The Good News is that I have completed more than 50% of the readings. Over the last year there have been times that I really wanted to do the daily readings--usually about 4-6 chapters--depending upon the book. There have been other times, as evidenced by my not completing it in one year, that I have not wanted to read . If anything, my attempt has taught me how difficult it sometimes is to immerse yourself in God's Word. There have been times when I was pleasantly surprised by what I read and other times (think book of Numbers) that I just plodded on because I knew that eventually, I would make it to the end of the book.
I can say that I am not starving spiritually, when it comes to God's Word. However, I wonder why I don't crave it all the time, like I would a piece of cherry pie. I wonder, as I struggle with these types of things if the members of my church also struggle with reading God's Word regularly. I'm not challenging you to read through the Bible in a year, but I am suggesting that all of us need to look at how we relate to the Bible and that we seek to be more intentional in our approach to this marvelous revelation of God's plan for the world.
I encourage you to share your thoughts and let's get a conversation going on this topic.