Updated: Sep 19
Should I spend time reading the Bible? This may be a question you have asked yourself. Why would anyone wake up a bit early or stay awake a little longer to read the Bible? According to an article by “LifeWay Research: Americans Are Fond of the Bible, Don’t Actually Read It” almost nine out of ten households in America own a Bible. Of 1,000 people surveyed, their research found that 11% have read the entire Bible. Over half (52%) of people surveyed consider the Bible to be a good source of moral values. According to their article, “Americans have a positive view of the Bible. And many say the Christian scriptures are filled with moral lessons for today. However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.” Is it worth our time to read the Bible?
The Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16) and is His revelation for us today. In His word we find wisdom, encouragement, and strength for our daily lives. Reading through His word in its entirety helps us gain an understanding of the overall story of the Bible, the story of His Son Jesus. It also helps us understand God’s plan of salvation that comes through Him.
We each live very busy lives. With our schedules and activities, do I have time to read the Bible? An article from House to House Heart to Heart “Satan’s 4 Lies about the Bible” they note the Bible has more words in it than in the first five Harry Potter books combined. Although the Bible may be a large book, we can read through the Bible. “Most read the equivalent of the Bible each year. The average American reads four books a year plus 3,000 forms/notices, 100 newspapers/RSS feeds, and 36 magazines/blogs. The Bible fits with modern reading habits.” We can read the Bible and if it is something we truly value, we have the time to read through the Bible in its entirety.
Even though we may understand the importance of reading the Bible and realize we have time to read the Bible, research suggests most will not read through the Bible from beginning to end. I believe, at least in part, this is because life will distract us. We may start with good intentions but sickness, work travels, or any number of other challenges will come up to distract us. With the distractions, it’s hard for us to maintain our focus and stay encouraged.
This year at SimplyRevised we are beginning the year with a focus on Bible reading and Bible study. We hope to be a place of encouragement as we read through the Bible together this year. We will be reading through the Bible chronologically and hope you will join us. The primary place we hope to encourage one another is in the SimplyRevised Forum. If you have not created your free account and joined our Forum, I invite you to do so. We will be able to encourage and share with each other throughout the year as we spend time reading God’s Word. We hope to see you in the Forum and more importantly hope you will spend time reading God’s Word this year.
 Smientana, Bob; “Lifeway Reasearch: Americans Are Fond Of The Bible, Don’t Actually Read It”; April 25, 2017; LifeWay Research, lifewayresearch.com/2017/04/25/lifeway-research-americans-are-fond-of-the-bible-dont-actually-read-it/; Accessed 30 Dec. 2019
 Webster, Allen; “Satan’s 4 Lies About The Bible”; January 24, 2019; House to House Heart to Heart; housetohouse.com/satans-4-lies-about-the-bible; Accessed 30 Dec. 2019