When I was younger, I struggled with reading. In elementary school, I remember going to reading labs where I would receive specialized instruction to assist me with reading. Despite my teacher’s care and effort, my reading did not improve much. As a result, I just did not like to read when I was growing up. How was I to know that later I would marry an elementary school teacher who specialized in reading and assisting students who struggled with reading? After spending some time with me, she unofficially diagnosed me with dyslexia. The more I have learned about dyslexia, I am fairly confident that she is right!
Reading the Bible was always a struggle. Today it is still a struggle. I have to take my time and read fairly slowly if I want anything to make sense after I am done reading. However, unlike when I was younger, reading the Bible for me today is something I look forward to. It’s something I greatly enjoy and I hope you do as well.
I believe for many of us reading the Bible is challenging--even if the act of reading comes easily to you. The Bible is a large book. A quick Google search reveals the King James Version of the Bible contains 783,137 words. Add to this, the Bible contains different forms of literature that require different styles of reading and comprehension. Suddenly reading the Scriptures can become quite complex. However, as Christians, we should not let the size or even the complexities of the Bible discourage us from reading the Bible. God has revealed Himself through the Spirit (ref. 1 Cor. 2:10). If we desire to know God, we will need to read and study His Word as given by the Spirit (ref. 2 Peter 1: 20, 21). Knowing the Word of God is important. His Word contains all things that pertain to life and godliness (ref. 2 Peter 1:3). In God’s Word, we are made complete and His Word equips us (ref. 2 Timothy 3:17). Where else can we go for truth? As Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17).