Remember the Bible verses I quoted at the beginning of this week?
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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the Word of God and Creator of all people, places, and things. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we neglect to search the Scriptures — for it is in them that we will find You. Help us to abide in the Word and to learn from You what God requires of us. Enable us to follow You all the days of our life. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Do you also sometimes bump into hard to understand Scripture language while at other times you will read through your daily Bible reading in a breeze? What are some of the verses, chapters, books in God’s Word that you find difficult to read? What do you do? Skip them? Have you ever asked yourself if they are of any use to you at all?
This morning, as I was diving into the Book of Numbers chapters 7-9, I found myself slipping into a “let’s get it done and dealt with” kind of mood. First I was annoyed due to the heading of chapter 7 because the app would not reveal the whole title. In other words, I caught myself trying to escape the reading of the whole and 89-verses long chapter and get a condensed version of it instead. Then I tried to skip it altogether and move on to the next chapter which was interestingly about “Seven Lamps”, however, followed by some instruction concerning the Levites. Hm… “Okay, let’s see what Numbers 9 has in store,” I thought.
So I read it. No skipping! “Defiled by a human corpse?” Oh, how I wish that some books would not be in the Bible — or, at least, I wouldn’t have to read them. Numbers is surely one of these books.
I did learn an important lesson this morning, but only after I had stopped for a moment and asked myself: Why are you reading this? And now I want to pass on the question to you: “Why are you reading your Bible?” What is your motive behind it? So that you can tick a box? Or is there something you want to know about any kind of topic? Or is it because you want to read what God has to tell you today?
Do not give up, and keep on reading the Word of God!