According to a research poll done by LifeWay Christian Bookstores, the number one predictor of a person’s spiritual health is whether or not they read the Bible on a daily basis. The research also indicated that only 16% of church-goers read their Bible daily.
Reading my Bible daily was something I was taught to do when I first became a Christian at age 13 at Camp Kanakuk in Missouri. They gave me a notebook called ‘The Victor’s Crown’ where it had a Bible reading plan and a place to journal and write out prayer requests. God used my camp counselor and that little tool to help develop the most important habit in my life, reading my Bible.
Are there days when I get too busy or forget to read? You bet. I’m human and mess up like everyone else. But I will say that reading the Bible has become so important to me that I feel it when I miss it. In fact my wife usually picks up on it pretty quickly and says something like, ‘Did you have your quiet time today?’
One thing that has absolutely helped me is having a plan. If I don’t have a plan, then even those things that I ‘say’ are most important to me, like my relationship with God, get crowded out by the ‘tyranny of the urgent.’ Here are some essentials to my plan: morning time, quiet place, outside, cup of coffee (very important), journal, and a Bible (sometimes my phone or my ‘phible’). I have become a huge fan of the ‘youversion’ Bible app. I use the ‘One Year Bible’ reading plan where I read a passage from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day.
So I challenge you to give daily Bible reading a try. Try it for 30 days and see if it doesn’t start to make a differerence in your life. I think you’ll come to find the words of 2 Timothy 3:16 to be true that say, ‘16 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.’