Beware of saying, “I haven’t time to read the Bible, or to pray”; say rather, “I haven’t disciplined myself to do these things.” ~OSWALD CHAMBERS
I had a Christian tell me one time that they had never read the Bible.
As a pastor, I actually enjoy having God’s word open up and enlighten me on aspects of my life and ministry.
I know how much discipline it takes to read the Bible.
I can understand that if there is no need to prepare some kind of lesson, devotion, or study plan, that it would be even more difficult for the layman.
The lack of reading or understanding God’s word isn’t a new problem.
Even Jesus questioned many of the high ranking religious leaders about their reading and understanding of God’s word.
He said to them, “Have you not read … Matt 12:3
Have you not read in the law… Matt 12:5
He answered and said to them, “Have you not read… Matt 19:4
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read… Matt 21:16
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures… Matt 21:42
But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read… Matt 22:31
But you shouldn’t read God’s word just for the sake of reading it, so that you can say one day, “I’ve read the Bible!”
You should read God’s word to improve yourself; all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17
You should read the word of God to make sure what your pastor says is true.
Such is the case with the Bereans, who when they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Acts 17:11
Read your Bible so that if the time comes when you stand before God and He says, “Have you read…”, you can say, “Yes!”
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one that makes you think. No other book in the world equals the Bible for that. ~JAMES MCCOSH