Daily Devotional 7-29-14

Reading the Bible

If you struggle with consistency in daily Bible reading, don’t give in to constant or long-term inconsistency; by God’s grace, you can change it and gain help from the Lord and victory. If the problem is a lack of desire, don’t simply try to talk yourself into having more desire; rather, pray earnestly for the Lord to increase your desire and He will.

Here are some thoughts from J. C. Ryle to apply and pray through.

1. Read the Bible with an earnest desire to understand it. Do not be content to just read the words of Scripture; seek to grasp the message they contain.

2. Read the Bible with a simple, childlike faith and humility; believe what God has revealed; our reason must bow to God’s revelation.

3. Read the Word with a spirit of obedience and self-application; apply what God says to yourself and obey His will in all things.

4. Read the Bible every day; we quickly lose the nourishment and strength of yesterday’s bread; we must feed our souls faith on the manna God has given us.

5. Read the whole Bible in an orderly way. I know of no better way to read the Bible that to start at the beginning and read straight through to the end, a portion every day, comparing Scripture with Scripture. (One good approach is to read an OT portion daily and a NT portion.- MT)

6. Read the Bible fairly and honestly. As a general rule, any passage of Scripture means what it appears to mean. Interpret every passage in this simple manner in its context.

7. Read the Bible with Christ constantly in view; the whole Bible is about Him; Look for Him on every page; He is there. If you fail to see Him there, you need to read that page again. (If this in unclear, talk to your pastor or elders about what it means to find Christ wherever we read the Scriptures.)

– J. C. Ryle

– Mack Tomlinson