Reading the Bible does not seem to have been in God’s plan for mankind. His initial intention, according to accounts from Eden’s Garden, was to relate with humanity physically—not through black and white sheets.
From the point of man’s fall, when man could not come close to God any longer, He had to use other means to help us get in touch with Him again.
The scriptures are one of the means. Through them, generations of people started to get accounts of previous events. And it was not for them to just “read” but to actually study, understand and know God and to also comprehend why things are how they are.
How “READING” The Bible Disappointed Many
If your focus is to “read” the Bible, you would probably skim through 43 verses and feel content that you are reading 2 chapters a day. The danger in there is that you don’t get to feel its power on your life. Your mind only considers the events as some tales of fairy and it ends there.
But the Bible is the word of God, inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16), and is Jesus Himself (John 1:1). The first text actually continues to say the Bible can rebuke, correct, teach and train in righteousness.
Accounts of words from the Bible being used to perform healings, deliverances, and stunning miracles are also commonplace.
But many have been dealing with the Bible, yet never experienced any of these. It is because the results are NOT yielded by just READING the Bible! No wonder Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by HEARING and HEARING by the word of God.
Difference Between READING and HEARING
Bible is not to just be READ. It is to be HEARD. Not by the physical ears though, but by the inner man. God’s word must find a rooted place inside your heart, if you must see its results in your life. Read the word with so much enthusiasm until you develop an understanding (a sense of hearing) in your spirit.
David proclaimed in Psalm 119:11 that _thy words have I hidden in my heart, (that I may not sin against thee. This suggests that the word can keep you from sin, but not when it is not hidden in the chambers of your heart. Joshua 1:8 confidently says, “meditate on it day and night…”
And don’t forget James 1:21: “…receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls”. The engrafted word.
When you listen to any man who has tapped from the treasury of the Bible, you will discover them say something that suggests that just “reading” is insufficient.
This is why preachers would normally say you must turn off your notifications, and put away all distractions, before reading the Bible. They do not mean these to be religious rules that perform any magic for you. But to understand the deep things of God, you will discover you need full concentration to be able to make meaning out of the Holy Scriptures.
David O. Oyedepo once quoted about 40 scriptures offhand during a sermon. One member courageously approached him after service and inquired, “Sir, do you cram the scriptures?” His answer was, “no, I eat the scriptures…it is hard to forget any wonderful meal you have had.”
T.B. Joshua, in his sermon on how to read the Bible also said, “you must read it slowly, attentively and repeatedly”.
The list goes on…don’t just READ the Bible, expecting results. Don’t browse through the verses just to meet your target for the day. Read so passionately and attentively until you Reading the Bible does not seem to have been in God’s plan for mankind. His initial intention, according to accounts from Eden’s Garden, was to relate with humanity physically—not through black and white sheets.