“Intellectual laziness lies at the bottom of a large percent of fruitless Bible reading.”
– Reuben Archer Torrey
Reuben was right. The Bible only brings profit when our brains are turned on.
If reading the Bible is mindless, or done as we are drifting off to sleep, then we might as well be reading the phone book, and use the Bible as a paperweight or for pressing flowers.
It takes work to make money. It takes work to mine gold. It takes work to refine silver.
What makes us think that the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge will be any easier to obtain. It takes work to dig them out.
When they are found out, we can enjoy them forever.
“I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.” – Psalm 119:162
Mindlessly reading the Bible is like randomly walking around the earth hoping gold will be laying on the surface, or trying to earn a living with money found laying in the street.
An ounce of quality beats a pound of quantity. Improving the quality of your Bible reading by thinking about a verse. Then, compare it to another. Repeat.
This is dirty work, but it will bring profitable results if done regularly.
For His glory,
Justin “heavy lifting” Johnson