Several Challenges, One Solution
There are several challenges that I think we, as Christians, face when it comes to consistently reading the Bible.
Sometimes we think of Bible reading as a duty, rather than a grand invitation . . .
The first is we have a whole set of enemies that are constantly tugging us away from being in God's Word, such as our sinful desires, the world around us, our entertainment culture, and Satan himself.
Another set of hindrances comes from just the fact that the Bible can seem a little strange to us, to be honest. It's set in a different time, in a different place with strange customs, and things that we don't understand. It sometimes seems like a foreign planet when we open our Bible and see how people lived.
On top of those different hindrances, there's the fact that we don't understand what the Bible is. It's God's Word. It's an invitation to see him and his beauty and his glory.
Sometimes we think of Bible reading as a duty, rather than a grand invitation to encounter the living God by opening the pages of Scripture, reading it, seeing him, and understanding more of who he is and how we should follow him.
The Bible is a story, not simply a collection of religious sayings or an anthology of various people’s religious experiences. The Bible tells us the true story of the world, the way things truly are and should be.
What we get out of the Bible largely depends on the kinds of questions we ask when reading the text. But how do we know what are the right questions to ask?
But if every revelation of God is a revelation of myself in relation to God, then all of Scripture is continually in the business of rewiring our self-understanding.