Faith Loophole – “I don’t read my Bible during the week because I go to a small group Bible study every Tuesday night.”
More than once I’ve heard this when I’ve asked students if they read the Bible or have a quiet time every day. I think it’s also a trap that adults fall into. We go to church on the weekend, maybe go to small group during the week and think that’s all we need. I used to be that way. Wow, was I ever wrong.
First, when you read the Word and have a quiet time everyday that means that you are connecting with God each and every day. Not just once a week. When I connect with God every day it’s easier for me deal with everyday problems and situations, it’s easier for me to live my life in a manner that is pleasing to God. And just like any other relationship or friendship if we don’t connect on a regular basis that relationship will never grow. I don’t want my relationship with God to be one that is casual; I want it to be a close relationship. I want to connect with God in good times as well as running to him in times of trouble.
The Bible can be hard for students to understand sometimes, it’s hard for all of us at times. I’ll read a passage and think to myself, “Okay what in the world did that mean????” But I’ve learned when that happens now to look at a commentary or to ask someone. I don’t want to just read the Bible, I want to understand it the best that I can. We need to point students to where they can get help understanding what they read.
I also think that when we say we don’t read the Bible everyday because I we go to a Bible study each week…well that’s just a cop-out. It’s just an excuse for laziness or doing something else. When students tell me they don’t have time to read the Bible every day, my first question is, “How much time do you spend each day playing video games?” What if you gave up 15-30 minutes of that time each day and devoted that to Bible study?
Tomorrow: Part three of Faith Loopholes