(“I Don’t Like To Read”) Bible Question
“I know I need to spend time in the word of God, but I don’t like to read. I start reading my Bible and I just get sleepy. How can I get into the word when I don’t read much?”
“Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.“
– Hebrews 4:11, 12 (New American Standard Bible)
We do want to be diligent to serve the Lord and enter His presence (or the place of rest). We do that by relying on the Word, which is able to shape us, mold us and change us into what God wants us to be. Reading and studying certainly help that process.
But, you can be in the Word in many ways. For instance, don’t sit down when you read. Stand and maybe even read it aloud. Don’t try to read a book or even a chapter in one session. Just focus on five or ten verses and be content with that. Trust me, if you read a few verses each day (and actually apply what they teach), the Word will be doing a great deal of good in your life.
You could also listen to others who read or teach. Many churches audio or video record the sermons that are preached there. Find a couple of preachers you like and order their lesson tapes, cassettes, CD or videos. Or download (stream) them from the Internet.
You can be in the Word by listening to the Bible text. Seek out audio and video recordings of the Bible. Remember how the early church functioned. Most of the Christians of that era probably couldn’t read or couldn’t read much. The inspired writings available (documents and letters) had to read to the people.
Finally, realize that reading is not the goal. Drawing closer to the Lord and doing His will is the goal. That can be done with applying the Word, not just reading it. So, commit to doing the Word, to living it, and don’t worry about how much you read. Thanks for such a straightforward and practical question.