“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” — Joshua 1:8 NLT
I hate it when people get hung up on the ‘duty’ of reading their Bible.
Why? Because it becomes so legalistic. Most Christians read their Bible because they are told to or believe its what they should do. It's a spiritual obligation of their religion.
Yet, I think reading the Bible is something more.
Reading Joshua 1:8 sheds light on how we can view our Bible reading. I want to propose that reading our Bible isn’t about doing things because it is the Christian way.
I propose that we read our Bible so that we can prosper and succeed.
Not The Success You Are Looking For…
This isn’t the prosperity gospel coming at your though. I don’t think this is success or prosperity in terms of money or riches. Though it could be. I do think that prosperity and success are about living out God’s Kingdom on earth.
Prosperity and success are more about living closer to the way God wants us to live and receiving success and prosperity in light of God’s word and kingdom.
Don’t think dollars and cents or fame and fortune. While these can sometimes come from our faithfulness it isn’t what God wants us to take hold of or shoot for in life. Because these are things of the world around us.
Instead, think about what prosperity and success might look like to God.
Reading The Bible To Connect With God And Be In His Presence
When we read our Bibles, the prosperity and success we find come out of connecting with God and being in His presence. The more we do this the more we experience success and prosperity in His eyes.
When we think about success and prosperity in those terms we see reading our bible differently. When we release ourselves from what success looks like on earth and take up what success looks like in God’s Kingdom we start to live differently.
Reading the Bible shouldn’t be your Christian duty.
What it should be is your delight in Jesus. The thing that you enjoy doing so you can know God and understand his ways. Most of all, we begin to experience God’s Kingdom in our bible reading.
Are You Ready To Prosper?
Here is a practice that you can adopt today:
Read your Bible in the morning or at night. Pick one chapter of the Bible and read through it. Journal or at a minimum, write down something that grabbed you. Maybe it was a single verse or a question you had.
Spend time considering what it was that you read and ask these questions:
- How does this apply to my life?
- What does this say about God?
- How am I to respond to this?
Take some time to answer each of these questions. Then set a timer and consider your answers. Think about them. Ponder them for a while. I know it's a challenge. But this exercise will help you with the “meditate on it day and night” part of the verse from Joshua.
Maybe you will memorize a verse a day or start looking for ways to apply what you read in the Bible to your daily life. Nevertheless, the more we read our Bible to connect with God, the more it will change our lives.
How do you read your Bible? What are the things you do to connect with God? Share in the responses below.