A few months ago, I asked a question via Facebook: “Why do you typically avoid studying the Bible?”
I received some insightful responses, and joyfully ventured into dangerous territory: debunking the excuses.
While I enjoy helping others overcome their Bible study blockades, I was not so happy when God brought up some of my own common excuses, like boredom and lack of motivation.
Despite my desire and efforts, I still do not have a consistent time studying the Bible. I still struggle to apply and obey what I read. But, thank the Lord, God’s not done with me yet.
1. I’m a Beginner
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2. I Feel Stuck
Click HERE for 3 simple ways to get going, or KEEP going, when you feel overwhelmed by Scripture.
3. I’m a Devotional Book Junkie (ie: I can’t “feed” myself):
You might say: “I feel like I don’t get much from just reading the Bible. I feel like devotional books apply to me more.”*
Click here to discover where the devotional book fits in a Christ-centered Bible study.
4. I’m Easily-Distracted:
Click HERE to understand 6 distractions that keep us from being filled with the Spirit, and how to overcome them.
5. I Don’t like to Read:
Click HERE to see how the non-reader types study the Bible for themselves (It’s possible!).
6. I’m Unmotivated:
or: “I hate to admit it but I don’t feel like it.“*
Click HERE for 5 reasons to “labor and strive because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men…” 1 Timothy 4:10
7. I’m Too Busy:
Click HERE for help in making time for God in the rush of 21 Century living.
8. It’s So Boring:
or “When I do try, I end up falling asleep.” *
Click HERE to get out of a “Bible Study boredom” rut, and on the path to finally interested!
9. Don’t Care:
or: “[When I am] avoiding sins I have not confessed that God is working on in me, it hurts less sometimes to avoid reading His Word.”*
Click HERE for Bible study tips for when you, honest to goodness, just don’t care what the Bible says.
10. Not Relevant:
Click HERE for how to study God’s Word in a #selfie world.
I greatly appreciate everyone’s honesty regarding these reasons we don’t study God’s Word. It takes courage to ‘fess up to our excuses. That’s the first step: to recognize what justifications we mentally conjure up, then knock them down to pursue deeper knowledge of God.
I think these quotes, also from the Facebook questionnaire, sum it up nicely:
“At some level, disbelief is a part of the problem, i.e. ‘If I really believed that this was the inspired Word of the Almighty Holy God, how could I NOT read it.’ All the other answers also apply in some measure. However if you TRULY believe the Word of God is what you SAY you believe it is… then all the other explanations look pretty shallow and/or unbelievable. And yes I am preaching to myself a bit here too!”* -S
“I know that if God didn’t want us to follow or gain knowledge from a book he wouldn’t have had it written. So I really should stop being a greedy, selfish, sinful human & just do something as simple as read a book. A little a day if that’s what it takes.” * -A
For me (Becky), I find it very difficult to overcome many of these excuses. But I know God’s Word is good. Living and Active. Trustworthy. Filled with promises. Loaded with truth. Crucial to my understanding, and therefore worship, of the God I claim to believe.
Would you join me in ditching the excuses? Click on any of the above links for tools and encouragement in your particular struggle.
What is your go-to excuse? Is there an excuse you typically use that wasn’t mentioned here? Share your thoughts by commenting below.
*These are actual comments I received from a question forum on Facebook. I am no longer an active user on Facebook or social media for multiple reasons.