I think the answer is obvious; however, in much of the last three decades of biblical counseling, most do not read the Bible regularly. I have found that most of those in crisis, not all, because life happens to everyone, have struggled in four areas. The first is Bible reading, the second is church community, thankfulness, and finally, serving others. They have become isolated from Jesus and their local church community for innumerable reasons, but that, my friends, is when the wolf attacks. Let’s start with the first one, Bible reading.
Jesus said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:31–32, Matt. 9:10–13; Mark 2:15–17) When we are hurting, Jesus is available to us, and He speaks by the Holy Spirit to our innermost being through the Word of God. (John 16:8) Many of us will seek to push through when we are sick, but sometimes we actually need a physician. So, how do we make an appointment with Jesus, the Great Physician? Open the Bible.
Yes, it is that simple. God is never too busy for you, so you do not need to wait weeks or months for an appointment, and there is no cost because He has already paid the price for your care and has the answers you seek. He waits for you to open the Bible and ask the question. For He is the answer to our pain and suffering. The Psalmist writes, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3). Jeremiah writes, “For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…” (Jeremiah 30:17a)
So then, building a habit of daily reading, meditating on, memorizing, and applying the Bible to every area of our lives is vital for believers. It is our communion with God, and we listen for His voice. Why, then, do so many not make the Word of God a priority in their walk with God? If I had the answer to that question, church, I would write a book and retire. However, my best guess is distractions. So, over the next few weeks, look at the reasons for a healthy Bible time and some practical ways to remain faithful to healthy rhythms. But for now, read the Word broadly and meditate deeply.