I love sleeping. I always have. All my family and friends know this by the fact that I always try to get the most amount of sleep that I possibly can. This means that it is a regular occurrence for me to be walking out the door with breakfast, hairbrushes, shoes and even toothbrushes in hand to make sure I’m on time (or the least late as possible).
Now I have to admit that I am not the best when it comes to reading my bible. There have been many occasions where I have asked for prayer and help when choosing what to read, where to start, or just for energy when it comes to the ongoing battle of sleep verses reading my bible.
Which brings us to my question, why should we read our bibles?
As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Which means that this book is not just a set of laws, not a book that we pick and choose what to read and when to read it and not just a powerful book… It is God’s word. The Word of the One who created the universe and saved us from our sins. It is a way we can listen to God, learn from him and help those around us in any situation. So, a few months ago I found myself asking why I found it so hard to read and listen to the bible.
I could not even count the numerous amounts of times I have said to people “I just don’t have enough time” For ages I would come home after a long day at school and have stacks of work and other things to do so by the time it came to sleep, the bible would not even cross my mind. For a long time, I would just go with the idea that I didn’t need it, or it was ok to miss a few days but after a few weeks I would find myself questioning why I felt so disconnected and stranded.
So, when reading Psalm 145
Everyday I will praise you and extol your name, Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom
I realised I needed to change my ways in order to become closer to God and understand the greatness and love that he showed to me. For me this meant that I had to wake up half an hour earlier in the mornings so that I can read and spend time praying to God, committing my day to him, first thing in the morning.
I can honestly say that I have seen a massive growth and understanding of God and a change in the way that I read God’s word and pray to him since deciding to make this morning commitment. But I’ve also seen changes in my day to day life; the way that I am connecting, treating and loving others has been changed through getting up bright and early to read God’s word.
This doesn’t mean that I’ve suddenly changed my ways and now find it easy to get up early – I still battle each morning not to ignore the alarm. But for anyone who is asking why they should get up to read their bible, I want to encourage you that it is worth it. As Psalm 1 says, the one who meditates on the word of God
is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither
Written by a Yr10 Student, Katelyn Dudley.