326 – The Bible in Your Life
According to americanbible.org, “…the number of printed English translations and paraphrases of the Bible, whether complete or not, is about 900.”
I have heard it stated and even said it myself, that Bible illiteracy is at an all-time high. I decided to look at some statistics.
I took the following chart from: https://www.barna.com/research/sotb-2021/
The article on the web page referenced above is interesting and much more comprehensive than this article. I decided to include this chart because I think it encapsulates why people don’t know their Bibles. They simply aren’t spending enough time reading the Bible. This is a survey of how often you use the Bible on your own?” I would be curious to know numbers for, “How much of what you read do you understand what you read in the Bible? Most of it, half of it, less than half.” One final question would be interesting to pose to the above survey respondents, “How many of you apply the scriptural truths you learn from the Bible to your lives?”
I think it’s important to not only “use” the Bible ourselves, but I think it’s important to understand what we read. How will we be successful in such an endeavor if we never read it? And once we are reading it, how will we come to understand it unless we study the passages we don’t understand?
To busy? Then we have something in common. I’m too busy too. We have something else in common. Both of us are racing toward the end of our lives. What things are keeping us too busy to spend time understanding God’s precious word? Maybe it’s time to take a hard look at what we spend time on and re-prioritize some things so we make room for the most important book ever written. If we’ve excluded God’s word from our lives how can we believe that we’ve included Him?
I would like to encourage to you pick up your Bible, a pencil, and a notebook and start pouring over Yahweh’s Holy Word. Learn what His word says, obey what His word says, take comfort in what His word says, and talk about what His word says with others.
I am saddened that I spent no time looking into Yahweh’s Holy Word today in this article. But by the same token, I don’t want the devotional posts I write to be one more substitution for your own personal time in the Word of God.
Remember what Paul told Timothy.
2 Timothy 2:15 (LEB)
15 Make every effort to present yourself approved to God, a worker having no need to be ashamed, guiding the word of truth along a straight path.