I once was asked if I believed in the Bible. My answer was emphatically, “yes!” After my response, the person asked, “Have you read everything in the Bible?”
At that point, I couldn’t say that I had.
I was basing my entire life off of something I had not completely read yet.
That needed to change. I began to read the Bible daily and for a significant portion of my day. While I’m not perfect in the discipline and have struggled with seasons of inconsistency, Bible intake has become a steady and consistent part of my life.
So, how often does the average person read the Bible?
As of 2017, the statistics I gathered gave these numbers:
- Daily – 13%
- Weekly – 22%
- Monthly – 7%
- Yearly – 30%
- Never – 28%
Where would you fall in those statistics?
Distractions from the Bible
People often say that they don’t have enough time to read the Bible. I do believe that we are busier than ever before, but I don’t believe that everyone is too busy to read the Bible even for just a little portion of the day.
Here are some of the distractions causing us to miss Bible reading.
Did you catch that? People spend a daily average of these many minutes on these different distractions:
- Facebook – 35 minutes a day
- YouTube – 40 minutes a day
- Netflix – 100 minutes a day
- Mobile Phones – 300 minutes a day
- TV – 304 minutes a day
We do have time to read the Bible. We just are filling that time up with lesser pursuits.
I want to encourage you to find time to read the Bible today. There are reasons your Bible reading is inconsistent, but you can fight against the trend.
- If you haven’t read regularly, don’t expect to have a 30-60 minutes devotional time the first attempt. Start somewhere and work to where you want to be.
- Don’t vow to read the entire Bible when you have never finished a single book of the Bible. Start reasonably and get there over time.
Get into reading the Word today.
While I have many days where I make excuses about slowing down to study the Bible, I have never once regretted that time spent.
[For more on this topic, check out the sermon, “For the Bible Tells Me So.”]