I’m not in the mood. I’d have to say that for me this is true more often than not.
I love my Savior! I desperately need his life-giving Word to survive this roller-coaster life! I need to hear his Truth speak into me. Yet, the reality is still there: many times when it comes to sitting down and opening up my Bible I’m just not in the mood.
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t know all the right reasons to study the Bible, but some days it's too easy to just not care.
It’s more appealing to just do something easier. It's more appealing to just do something more relaxing. It’s more convenient to just use that time to check something off my list of to-do’s for the day.
It’s just too easy to skip doing what should be the most important part of my day.
I have a hard time thinking of any of the worthwhile and important things in my life that came easy. Things like: building a good marriage, making it through labor and delivery, raising children, graduating from college and the list goes on. No, the worthwhile things in my life have not come out of a lazy night of TV on the couch, they have come out of hard work and choosing to do what is best, even if that is not the EASY route.
The same is true for getting into the Bible.
If you are waiting until the perfect spot opens up in your day to read God’s Word, it just isn’t going to happen. If you are waiting until your heart is right and you “want” to read the Bible, many days that isn't going to happen. If you are waiting for your spouse to take the lead and encourage you to read the Bible together, you could wait for a long time. You see the last thing Satan wants us to do is open up that book. He doesn’t want us to hear the truth of what God has to say. He doesn’t want us to know what God’s idea of normal is. He doesn’t want us to be refreshed, reminded of the joy of our salvation, repentant of our sins, or ready for battle. He wants us to be lazy, complacent, and filled up by other things; things that have no real power to change our lives.
Many days you may not be in the mood to read your Bible. However, please don’t let that stop you from doing it anyway. There is truly nothing more important than spending time sitting at the feet of our Lord and letting his powerful Word change your life. Because it will. You cannot read the Word of God without being changed.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. - Isaiah 55:10-11
There is real power in God's Word. Power to change our hearts; power to change the things we care about; power to revive our marriages; power to make us better parents; power to enable us to do wild and crazy things for the Kingdom of God.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12
We live in a world steeped with sin and the only way to combat falling into the current of the world is to hold tightly to the TRUTH of God’s Word. And the only way we can know and hide that TRUTH deep in our hearts is by reading and meditating on the Bible as often as possible.
The reality is that it takes hard work, persistence, and many times forgoing the easy or relaxing option, for what we know is truly the BEST option. So many other things vie for our time and energy, so we need to be on guard against the distractions and excuses that come up. If you don’t have room in your schedule to spend time in your Bible, then you need to cut back on something else to make time for that. If you find yourself blocking out the nights of your favorite primetime TV shows, but not getting in the Word, you need to reevaluate your priorities. If you and your spouse make time for all your favorite hobbies, but don’t spend time in the Word together, you are missing out on the best part of marriage.
If you are like me and just fall into the trap of being "not in the mood" join me in praying for strength, overcoming laziness and getting in the habit of opening up the pages of the Bible anyway. I can guarantee you will NEVER be disappointed that you did. The coolest thing is that God's Word even has the power to change how we feel about his Word. The more we are drinking from the Spring of Life, the more we are drawn back to it, the more we are drawn back to it, the more we hide God's Word in our heart where no one can take it from us.