Daily Bible Study: Blessing or Burden?

For most people a daily Bible study can be more of a burden than a blessing.
Our lives are filled with so many different pressures that our regular God-time often gets pushed to the back.  We know that daily Bible study and prayer is essential for a healthy relationship wtih God, but somehow, no matter how good our intentions are to begin with, we struggle to keep any regular routine.
Why is it so hard to keep up with regular daily Bible study?  Do we not think that it’s worthwhile?  Do we not see any benefit in spending time exploring the stories and wisdom from God’s Word?
To be honest, there are days when I commit willingly to my daily Bible study at yet I don’t get any epiphany and I finish my devotion feeling none the wiser.  But we never know when the epiphany may come.  A year ago I moved to a suburb in Melbourne called South Morang.  My parents had never heard of this suburb before our plan to move.  Now they hear it mentioned all the time.  They notice it in the paper, they hear it on the news, and a few of their friends have even driven through there recently.  South Morang has not become more pronounced since I have moved there, but because my parents now have a point of reference to that place, they recognise it when it is spoken of.
Our daily Bible study can have the same impact on our lives.  When we read a passage in the Bible it may not help us in that moment, but when something connected to those words come up in our everyday life then we find a new connection to God.
Doing a daily Bible study  can sometimes feel like a burden but the more we know of God and the more we experience Him, the more our lives are truly blessed.

For most people a daily Bible study can be more of a burden than a blessing.
Our lives are filled with so many different pressures that our regular God-time often gets pushed to the back.  We know that daily Bible study and prayer is essential for a healthy relationship wtih God, but somehow, no matter how good our intentions are to begin with, we struggle to keep any regular routine.
Why is it so hard to keep up with regular daily Bible study?  Do we not think that it’s worthwhile?  Do we not see any benefit in spending time exploring the stories and wisdom from God’s Word?
To be honest, there are days when I commit willingly to my daily Bible study at yet I don’t get any epiphany and I finish my devotion feeling none the wiser.  But we never know when the epiphany may come.  A year ago I moved to a suburb in Melbourne called South Morang.  My parents had never heard of this suburb before our plan to move.  Now they hear it mentioned all the time.  They notice it in the paper, they hear it on the news, and a few of their friends have even driven through there recently.  South Morang has not become more pronounced since I have moved there, but because my parents now have a point of reference to that place, they recognise it when it is spoken of.Our daily Bible study can have the same impact on our lives.  When we read a passage in the Bible it may not help us in that moment, but when something connected to those words come up in our everyday life then we find a new connection to God.
Doing a daily Bible study  can sometimes feel like a burden but the more we know of God and the more we experience Him, the more our lives are truly blessed.

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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