Of course, this is not always simple. The problem is, the Bible’s not an easy book to read. It’s more than a thousand years old, translated from ancient languages, and steeped in ancient cultures that leave us scratching our heads.
So, reading the Bible can often feel like learning Shakespeare in school. You know what you’re reading is important and valuable, but it seems that only a few people will be able to make sense of it—or actually enjoy it. Still, you do it anyway because it’s required of you.
Most of us, however, stop practising hard reading when the demands of school (and exams) are over. The Bible, though, asks us to return to this world of hard reading. Of slow practice and growth. Basically—the hard work that my daughter finds so distasteful.
Many of us want to open the Bible to any page and instantly find inspiration or life-changing messages for our day. But that’s not how the Bible was created to be read.