I don’t mean, don’t read your Bible, like ever. What I mean is, don’t read it the same old way you’ve been reading it. I just finished Steve McVey’s book, Grace Walk which was a great read. One of the overriding themes of the book is the fact that we, as Christians, can have a very legalistic view on all of our “duties,” including reading the Bible. He shared this story which is very illustrative:
One time I participated in a men’s retreat that lasted several days. On the first night there, as I prepared to go to bed, I found a love note that Melanie (his wife) had stuck in the case with my toothbrush and razor. I read the note and smiled. The next morning, I found another note she had placed under my shirt. That evening, another note. Same thing the next day. With each passing day, the notes became more mushy. Finally, on the last day I found one she had hidden in my suit pocket. This one was the clincher—it had perfume sprinkled on it. What effect do you think these notes had on me? What would you think if I told that I pasted them all on a piece of posterboard? Then when I arrived at home, I ignored my wife and went to my room and hung the posterboard on the wall so I could read the notes every day. You would think I’d lost my mind, wouldn’t you? The letters were great, but they only served to draw my emotion and devotion toward her.
Reading the Bible is obviously an important thing for us to do. Hopefully we approach it from the viewpoint that we want to get to know our heavenly Father better. Hopefully Scriptures serve to draw our emotion and devotion toward Him.