Do you like fast food? Burgers, fries, hotdogs, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s, and all those others? The food will satisfy if you are hungry and in a hurry, but the food doesn’t have the necessary substance to keep you healthy, and nourished. If you eat it, you will get full, but in the long run, it isn’t healthy and it doesn’t supply our necessary balance of vitamins, minerals and other things necessary for a healthy body.
Did you know that reading your Bible can be the same way? You can read it through in an year and you will get some things out of it, but if that is all you do, you won’t get the necessary spiritual nourishment for a sustained, healthy, strong Christian life.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a good thing to go through a “Read Through the Bible in a Year” program. I go through one myself on a regular basis. But if that is all you do, you are missing out on some really good intimate, growing closer moments with God.
We need to study His Word, to get it into our systems and our spirit and soul. That is when we get closer to God. How do we get closer and more intimate with our spouses? By getting to know them better. Is that a one time thing? No! It is an continual thing. We need to study God’s Word to get closer to Him and farther away from sin.
2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Reading the Bible through in a year is really important. But it is even more important to stop and take some time every day and dig deeper than a casual reading. You need to get the meat of the word as well as the milk.
1Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Don’t be satisfied with just being a baby in Christ. Grow up and receive the strong meat of God’s word. Take it and share it with others. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. Baby’s are so impressionable and susceptible to anything that comes their way. But as adults, we should be able to discern between good and evil, right and wrong. But you can’t do that if you are not maturing in your faith.
Don’t be deceived into thinking that a casual reading of the Bible every day is enough to get you through. It’s like saying eating a Big Mac is enough to get you through the day and expecting it to keep your body healthy and strong.