I’ve no shortage of sympathy for those who struggle with reading the Bible daily. Being consistent in anything, let alone reading, is difficult, but we have to press on and ask God for a hunger for His Word. Once we realize the value of Scripture (which, I’ll admit, takes time), it becomes significantly easier to willingly and eagerly immerse ourselves in the refreshing, invigorating Truth of Scripture. It’s one of those things that you don’t value (at least not as you ought) until you don’t have it (or do have it, for those of us who suck at consistency). We just have to sit still long enough to recognize the beauty and joy that the Word holds.
Dwight L. Moody once said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” I think (and this goes for me as much, if not more, than anyone else) that we need to take a step back from our lives and truly evaluate our priorities and examine our hearts (especially) when we’re not making time for the Word; this is an indication that we are putting something in our lives (which is almost undoubtedly an idol) above the place of that which sanctifies us (John 17:17), provides spiritual nourishment (Matthew 4:4), is our weapon against sin and temptations (Ephesians 6:17), and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s pretty difficult to overstate the importance of the Word, and yet our lives don’t reflect that. That’s pretty convicting.
We (myself included) would sooner check Facebook to see what someone says about something trivial than check our Bibles to see what God says about things which actually matter. We put the folly of this world above the wisdom of God as though it could satisfy us. We must remember that all such vain pursuits are but broken cisterns. This isn’t to say that checking Facebook (or things of that nature) is inherently sinful (though sometimes, and maybe more often than not, the desires which lead us there are), but that we need to check our priorities and remind ourselves of that which is of first importance. “When Judgment Day comes, we will regret the waste of a single moment not used for the glory of Christ. We will, however, not regret one moment we spent diligently studying God’s Word and hiding it in our heart. We will only wish we’d spent more moments doing this” -Dr. Andrew Davis.
I’m not necessarily trying to urge you to memorize Scripture (not just yet at least), but the point is that our time is infinitely better spent (literally) reading and studying and meditating upon God’s Word than any earthly pursuit. When mindful of this, I think it’s nigh impossible to put other things before our pursuit of God through His Word. The trouble then is being mindful of it. We’re all guilty of royally screwing our priorities – putting anything, at any place or point in time, before God – but fortunately for us there’s grace for that. What’s keeping you from the Word?