Why is the Bible So Hard to Read?

Let’s all be honest with one another: The Bible can be hard to read. We wake up some days and the last thing we do is read the Bible. There is no desire to open God’s Word on these days.

The temptation on these days is to blame the Bible. We are quick to point to the Bible and declare that it is antiquated, imperfect, or dishonest.

The problem is not the Bible. The Bible is a direct revelation from God, and the writers of the Bible were completely under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The words of the Bible are meant for us, being God-breathed, and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (1 Tim. 3:16). Paul declared that ALL Scripture is breathed out by God. And if God is perfect, would he breathe out an error-ridden, imperfect, and dishonest revelation to his people? I think not.

Do not blame the Bible for the fact that you do not want to read the Bible. The reason we find the Bible hard to read points directly to ourselves. We are, by nature, completely sinful and depraved. The Bible is explicitly clear on that. Our sin, brought on by our sinful nature and made worse by the temptations found in the world, clouds our view of Scripture. Our sin also perverts our interpretation of God’s Word. We must guard ourselves against these things. Our sin makes the Bible hard to read.

The next time you feel that the Bible is becoming hard to read, don’t be so quick to blame the Bible itself, but seek repentance. In those moments, step back, ask the Father for forgiveness, and that He would change your heart and attitude toward His Word. Allow the Lord to transform your mind so that you are ready to be in His Word. Do not blame the Word; blame yourself and your sin, then repent.

We need a Church that is totally devoted to the reading of Scripture both alone and corporately. Let’s work together to repent of our sin, and get in the Word of God.

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