You may think it a ridiculous question if, like many 21st-century Christians, you do well to barely squeeze the Bible into your day.
“Read the Bible too much? Ha, if only I had that problem!” Such would have been my response just a year or two ago.
But now that I have a desire for the Word, and time to spend in it, I often wonder – is it possible to do the wrong thing by reading the Bible?
It is possible to shut yourself in a room with your Bible for hours on end to the sinful neglect of important tasks, personal relationships, godly investments, even prayer. Bible study can become an idol.
And responsibilities don’t disappear just because you’re studying Scripture. You don’t just show up late for work, leave the baby crying, or make the family wait for dinner because you have to study the Bible first. If reading the Bible keeps you from obeying it, you’re doing it wrong.
So, fight for time in the Word. Fight, too, for the grace to live it well.
Fight to prioritize the study of Scripture. Fight, too, to keep it in its proper place.
To know the Word is to know God. No wonder we stop what we’re doing to read it.
But to live the Word, we must eventually stop reading it – and live it.
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