I love to study my Bible. I’m all for a good Bible study. I host them here on the blog, I love to have a Bible study in my home with some friends. Bible studies are right up my alley. Maybe it’s right up yours, perhaps that’s why you even follow me here on the blog.
But I’ve come to realize over the last few years and more so in the last year that the more Bible studies I do, the less Bible reading I do. Sounds confusing, right? Like an oxymoron. I have to read the Bible to do a Bible study, I get that. And that is great. But when I am reading a passage or a verse from a different book of the Bible on a particular topic every day I’ve found I’ve stopped reading the Bible as a whole.
Have you fallen into this trap as well?
Then you should stop studying your Bible.
Yes, I did just say that to you.
All of the Bible is given for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
When we don’t read all of it we are missing out on something great.
That is why you should stop studying your Bible all the time. Take time to just read a book, chapter by chapter. Read the entire Bible in a year. Read through the book of Psalm for the winter. Set a goal to read all of the prophets by the end of the season. Soak in the goodness of just reading through the book and not just getting into the habit of reading a verse or two for month after month.
A steady diet of Bible study, a verse each day to study out on a specific topic, will lead you in your pursuit of holiness. By all means, do that if that’s all you want out of the Bible. But realize that you are missing out on so much more!
This is my goal for the New Year, to read through my Bible from cover to cover, not on YouVersion! The last time I read the whole Bible cover to cover was during a challenge I gave myself when my boys were very little. I decided to follow a “read your Bible in 6 months” plan. Phew was that intense! But I did it! And I loved the feeling of accomplishment afterward. There is so much in God’s Word, even in the Old Testament that we miss if we don’t simply read it.
About 2 years ago I decided to slowly read all of the prophets, including the minor prophets. I didn’t give myself a time limit. I went slowly chapter by chapter. I literally felt like a sponge soaking it all in. There is a fountain of wisdom flowing from those books. I fell in love with Isaiah, Jeremiah and King Hezekiah during that time. It was such a sweet time in my Christian life. No time limit. No boxes to check off. Just me and the Lord, relaxed.
Those both are sweet memories. Just studying your Bibles robs you of those moments and memories. Studying your Bible has its place and we shouldn’t give it up forever but when you stop reading the whole Bible it’s time to stop studying your Bible and just read it. Simply read. Give it a try.