Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bible Reading Only

Do you ever find yourself only wanting to read the bible?

That is where I am right now and I can't explain it. Generally speaking, I like to read other things. My shelf at home is full of good books on various topics that are just waiting to be read. These topics include theology, preaching, and prayer. I've also got quick access to all sorts of good non-theological works.

Despite the abundance of other good books, I have no desire to read any of them right now. As far as reading is concerned, the desire of my heart is to only read the bible. I have no interest in other things.

Of course, we all know the bible is a significantly different book than any other. Because it is God's inspired word, the bible is true and authoritative like no other. In fact, all other books pale in comparison. Despite this, we should still have freedom to read other books as long as they are appropriate for a Christian.

So what should I do? Is my current situation a blessing or a problem? I have to think that it is a blessing. This desire has caused me to read more bible lately than I normally do. This has, in turn, caused me to reflect more upon God and His majesty.

How long will this last? I have no idea. I'm going to take advantage of it by reading much of the scriptures.

Has this ever happened to you? Can you describe it?


Arthur Sido said...

I have spent way too much time reading book about the Bible and not enough reading the Word. I understand the conviction.

Aussie John said...


A blessing and answer to a common problem!

I, too have done so, but found I needed to stop (dare I say it)reading the Bible for a time as I found myself reading through the filter of so many denominational, traditional and theological presuppositions. That was also a blessing allowing me to read with a fresh mind. As I began to read the Scriptures again, I began to "see" again. I lost nothing but gained a lot!

Eric said...

Arthur and John,

I only hope I can read the scriptures for what the original authors intended instead of bringing my baggage (denominational, traditional and theological presuppositions) to it. What a challenge that is!

Jeff Nelson said...


So I'm not going insane. I thought I was the only one.

I too enjoy reading a variety of material-in fact I have several books I want to read. But I would RATHER read Scripture. Why?

Bible junkie? Is that possible? I guess it could be. The common wisdom is that too much of anything is not good for you-a concept which I have yet to find an exception for.


Eric said...


My hope is that my current desire is not just for accumulation of knowledge but for life transformation. Sometimes it sure is difficult to know if we are actually growing in Christ.

The scriptures truly are amazing.