I struggle to read my Bible everyday. I know – I’m a pastor and admitting that struggle makes some uncomfortable.
Since I believe it’s the authority for my life and the living words of God . . . well . . . reading it daily makes pretty good sense.
But I struggle.
I’ve taught lessons, led small groups, and preached sermons on “How to have the daily discipline of Scripture/Prayer”. Yet, I struggle.
So I made it “easier” by downloading YouVersion’s app on my iPhone. Each morning when I get up at 5:30am, I click on my personalized Bible reading plan. But you guessed it … struggle. (Now, I have to resist the urge to check my email on the same device.)
With all that I “know” and the technological advances, I am currently 3 days behind on my “through the Bible in one-year” plan. Struggle.
But I’m not discouraged. Here are three reasons I now embrace my struggle:
- My “struggle” reveals how important this is. If Scripture is true, we’re in a spiritual war. Why would we expect the war zone to be easy? The struggle reveals the significance. Embrace it.
- My “struggle” may reveal that I’m desiring more than just finishing the “day’s reading”. If I’m reading but not changing, my “struggle” may be a longing for more. Embrace it.
- God meets us in our struggles. The struggle may be exactly where God is waiting. Embrace it . . . embrace Him.