A Daily Basis?

In the latest issue of the Gospel advocate (GA), there is a small piece concerning the amount of time Christians read the Scriptures on a daily basis. The numbers were discouraging.

On a daily basis only 195 of the respondents to a survey said they read and study the Bible; 36% engage in Bible study once a week. “The Christian Post, in an article titled ‘Study: Most Churchgoers Do Not Read Bible on a Daily Basis,’ reported that [the author] felt attributes from the modern American culture influenced the responses… Too many churchgoers want the benefits of salvation without investing in personally knowing Christ and the abundant life he offers” (cited in the GA, November 2012).

There are a number of warnings to be found in Scripture: there is the warning that pertains to failing to live a godly life, there is a warning concerning the Lord’s ultimate return and judgment, and there is a warning pertaining to Jerusalem’s destruction. These warnings exist in order to help people understand particular dangers associated with not listening. Because people fail to heed the Lord’s word it is only to be expected they will fall into the trap of Satan. Why do people refuse to hear? Hosea said: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children” (4:6, ESV). Two reasons the Lord’s prophet gives us: rejection and forgotten. Hosea spoke to those who were in positions of religious authority. You will note, that destruction is the result of ignorance, and ignorance is the result of refusing to learn from the Lord. Paul said many years late, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).

It is a serious matter, and only the fool-hearted person will not take it to heart! Just as the report said, there are many people who go to church and want to be saved by the Lord’s mercy, but these same people are guilty of what Hosea said.

Are we so busy at home that we can’t take time—even twenty minutes each night—to read together as a family, or even individually? Are we so busy with work that when we come home we can’t take that same amount of time to give to the Lord when He so abundantly gave to us? As parents and adults we are able to offer any number of reasons why we didn’t so this or that. Others will express understanding and sympathy. How do you think the Lord will respond to these reasons, especially if the children leave Him who gave so much? I think you know.