At the beginning of this month, my Instagram feed and Gmail inbox flooded with Bible reading plans or studies that were available to try. A fresh year was on the horizon and while my heart longed for some type of plan to follow in 2018, I felt overwhelmed by the information.
Does my response sound crazy to you? Let me back up.
For someone like myself, I have struggled for years to make daily quiet time a true priority. Part of that is due to one lie I believed due to my legalistic upbringing that is this:
If you read a certain number of chapters a day–you’re good! The habit of doing that automatically makes you a strong Christian and your spiritual life is thriving.
When I didn’t spend time in the Word, I felt like I was failing spiritually. Slowly, another lie formed: Any amount of Bible reading doesn’t count if it isn’t enough!
With the feeling that you have to read a certain amount each day hanging over your head, it crushes your hunger for God and stunts spiritual growth.
Or at least for me, it kept my cycle of defeat and discouragement alive and growing. Believing these lies–and, yes, sometimes succumbing to laziness–I didn’t bother to read often.
Recently, I discovered the real reason why I viewed quiet time as a drudgery was because my perspective of Jesus and His love for me was terribly warped.
As that has altered, He taught me this truth: All it takes is reading a verse or two and writing a prayer in your journal to have deep, meaningful, growing times in the Word.
Please understand, I am not against Bible reading plans or even reading the Bible all the way through. But, if you have struggled to spend time with God like I have, we both need to do one thing in our lives:
This year, we need to read enough of our Bibles that it causes us to crave to know more of Christ–and the milk of the Word! The goal is for our hungry souls to be filled with the goodness of God–to adore Him–and to know more about Him.
Such intimacy with Jesus doesn’t come by checking off a list of chapters but from quiet moments of clinging to the hope of His promises with every fiber of our souls. The very thought of spending time in the Word should make our hearts sing with joy, not snap with drudgery.
Cheering you on, friend!
For a practical way to put this into practice in your quiet time, try Sara Hagerty’s 31 Days of Adoration. I’m on the second week and I highly recommend it!! Remember this isn’t about legalism, so you can absolutely jump in and join me for the remaining two weeks of January. Just let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! 😉