Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Treasuring God's Word In Spite of Interruptions
Are you ever over ambitious and decide to try something that is usually out of your league? Well, this year I saw a challenge to read the entire Bible in 90 days and decided to jump on the wagon. To begin with I started it one week late. Then I have never been able to completely follow a one year plan. Last of all, my time is very limited with 5 young children. For the first few days I was doing well keeping up. I was excited and telling others all about it. Then reality hit somewhere between Exodus and Leviticus. This was a real challenge and I could not keep up with the pace. I specifically set aside one hour before of reading time before the children awoke in the morning. Slowly, that time would be interrupted some days or I would not have disciplined myself to get to bed early enough the night before to get up early enough. At first, I found myself frustrated and wondering why I even took on such an enormous challenge. Then, I just decided that it was not worth getting all worked up over and I would just work with the time the Lord had given me for that particular day and be thankful for the time I got to spend alone in God's Word. I try to read at night, but find myself too tired to focus so I just try to read for anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour each morning. So far, I have gotten farther along in my Bible reading than I ever have in the past and am learning the "big picture" of it all. I have gotten through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and half of Numbers, as well as Ezra and Nehemiah. Throughout all of this I have learned that what matters is spending time daily in the Word of God. It really does not matter if you follow a plan or read for a specified amount of time. Don't become legalistic in your Bib;e reading. Treasure God's Word, enjoy it, meditate upon it, and hide it in your heart. When interruptions come make the most of them.