What Should We Do When We Don’t FEEL Like Reading the Bible?

What do you do when you know you should read the Bible but you really don’t feel like it?

Do you force yourself to read anyway? And, if you do, isn’t that legalistic?

What should you do when you don't feel like reading the Bible? If you force yourself to read anyway, is that "legalistic"? Here's the surprising answer...

Bible Reading, Hunger, and Bad Attitudes

Have you ever been really, really hungry? Did your hunger affect your attitude?

I struggle with hypoglycemia. When my blood sugar drops low, it is not pretty. I get physically weak, shaky, emotional, and I am unable to think straight. I often burst into tears at the least provocation, or I yell at people. It’s really, really not good.

There’s only one way to combat this problem: I must intentionally eat high protein foods regularly, whether I want to or not.

This morning, I ate a fried egg. I didn’t want to make that fried egg. And, I didn’t feel like eating it, either. But I knew that by 10:30 a.m., the results in my own attitude and outlook on life would be disastrous if I did not force myself to eat an egg in the morning.

In the same way that I choose to eat an egg every morning, I choose to read the Bible each day.

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Some Days Bible Reading Is Difficult…

I wish that I could say that it is the chief joy of my day and that I never struggle with thinking of Bible reading as a chore. But, I can’t say that.

Some days it is difficult to make Bible reading a priority. Some days are busy, tempting me to neglect Bible reading. Some days, Bible reading feels dry and monotonous and, frankly, like a waste of time. (Have any of you read through the book of Numbers? I know that it’s the inspired Word of God, but…) And, some days I feel apathetic in my relationship with God.

And yet, I still desperately need to discipline myself to read God’s Words, even when I don’t feel like it.

I know that, in the weakness of my sinful flesh, I need the Bible to help me get through each and every day.

Abiding in God’s Love

In John chapter 15, Jesus calls us to abide in His love. He reminds us that we can do nothing without Him. He commands us to abide in Him.

How can we do that? Jesus tells us!

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We abide in Gods’ love by keeping His commandments. We can only keep His commandments if we know them. And, we can only know God’s commandments if we are in His Word.

The True Reason We Should Be Reading The Bible

I do not read God’s Word everyday because this time spent reading will grant me favor with God and salvation. Jesus Christ has already done that in my place with His work on the cross.

I do not read because I am hoping that God will reward me with a good day if I read and might punish me with a bad day if I don’t. Bible reading is not a good luck charm.

Instead, I read God’s Word because I long to abide in Him. I read because I desperately need to have God align my heart with His.

I want to follow God and obey His commands. Therefore, I must know what He expects of me. And, I can only know that through His Word.

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When we pick up God’s Word each day, we are inviting God to mess with our lives, to adjust our thinking, to align our hearts with His. We are abiding in Him.

Sometimes our Bible reading tastes like fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin muffins and flavored coffee on a cold morning – full of joy and comfort.

Sometimes our Bible reading tastes like a slightly overdone fried egg – dry and tasteless.

And, sometimes our Bible reading tastes like a multivitamin – convicting and hard to swallow.

But no matter how we “feel” about our Bible reading, God’s words give us life each and everyday.  As we read, know, and obey His Words, we grow to abide in His love and we begin to experience the joy that He has promised.

So, what should we do when we don’t feel like reading the Bible? I believe that we should pick it up and read (or listen!) anyway. Because, that is when our hearts most need to be reminded to abide in Him and in His love.

How about you? Do you struggle with daily Bible reading? Do you discipline yourself, or do you feel that is too legalistic? Why or why not? I would love to hear from you. Please scroll down to comment.

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6 thoughts on “What Should We Do When We Don’t FEEL Like Reading the Bible?

  1. For me it’s been a week of reading everyday. I’m 35 and have thought about reading my Bible every day for at least 5 years now. I kept telling myself the body goes no where the mind doesn’t go 1St. Then I’d feel better thinking I was 1/2 way there. I’d pick it up from time to time. I’d pray more often then not. Well recently I started eating more than usual and smoking more than usual and instead of feeling full or relaxed after each binge I felt even more empty. All I could think each time was why do I keep consuming so much? Why do I feel empty and I mean literally empty. I have a strong faith in God… I pray. Every time I did this self evaluation I landed on my flesh is not starving my soul is. Finally I’ve had enough. And finally I am in the word daily. No matter how much I read or how little. I am here.
    Thank you for this article thank you for helping me understand myself a little bit more.

    • Wow, Candy, what a powerful reminder to all of us. Thank you so much for being willing to share your struggles and victories. This struggle to deny the flesh and to instead feed our souls is something that ALL of us as Christians must battle with. May God be with you and bless you, and give you the courage and determination to keep coming back to His Word day after day!

  2. You are so right. It’s not about our feelings, it’s about abiding in Him. I have been skipping reading because I feel so disconnected from Him. I need to push past those feelings and do it anyway. I need to read even more when I feel that way. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Kristina, I know exactly what you are talking about. I think that we all feel disconnected from God at different times, but He is glorified when we push past our feelings and continue pursuing Him. May God bless you!

  3. I struggle with bible reading sometimes because I believe my flesh doesn’t want me to feed my spirit. I don’t fight with it all the time but I do struggle some days. I don’t feel it is legalistic because God tells us to desire His word. We need to hear from him so why would it be considered wrong in any situation.