For months, reading the Word was a drudgery. And often, it still is. I am in no way saying that there is a super secret power to always loving the Bible. But there were Scripture passages that helped me appreciate the Bible more. These Bible passages can help fix your motives for reading. Because, when you have the wrong motives, they’ll eventually give out, and you’ll give up. You can’t run a car on water, and you can’t run a human on pride. The motive for all human actions must be love. But that’s getting a bit philosophical. So basically, here are five Bible passages that might be good for you to read if you find yourself in a Bible reading rut.
This is just simply a really cool passage to read and meditate on. It’s the one where Isaiah sees God and the cool angels, and he feels really ashamed, and then he gets a commission and message from God to go and preach!
Save this one for your morning devotions, and pray the words. It’s a good prayin’ Psalm. It can also give you a reality check and let you know who you really depend on, who can really sustain you, and who is really your provider and protector.
1 Corinthians 13
The love chapter. This one is a nice one to read just for its beauty and lilting pattern. But it’s also very hard-hitting and convicting. This time you read it, think “Do I truly love God? Do I truly love my family? Do I truly love my friends, coworkers, and fellow church-goers?”
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
You know Jesus has a really cool message when he starts out with a sentence like that. This passage was really a blessing to me when I discovered it. I just read it over and over, noticing different things every time (like when I watch Emma). Jesus really… I don’t know. As he says things, he explains what they mean. I wrote this little thing about it and a friend posted it one her blog here. Also, this passage is really explained well with the Message by Eugene Peterson.
Now for the longer one. Read this passage… five times or so. Maybe even eight. Cause… you know. Eight… Yeah. Anyway, Romans 8 is one of those passages that you could meditate on for hours. Maybe eight hours… Like a song played by a talented musician, or a piece of artwork with a bazillion details to consider. Try your best to pay close attention as you read. You will be blessed.
I hope these passages help you to love and hunger for the Word. May our Lord and Father bless you as you seek to follow Him more closely.