Out of four possible choices – coffee, something sweet, social media and the Bible – adults were asked to choose which they consider a daily necessity. More than one-third (37%) chose coffee as fundamental to their day. Another 28% say something sweet is essential, while only one in six adults (16%) say the Bible is a must. A similar number said social media (19%). -2018 survey by Barna Group for American Bible Society
The biggest barriers to reading the Bible, according to the survey: 1) not having enough time, 2) lacking motivation and discipline, 3) feeling intimidated, and 4) struggling to apply the Bible to everyday life.
Earlier this year I discovered a wonderful tool to help with the goal of reading the Bible daily. It is called New Testament in a Year, New English Translation. Of course, there are many well-known devotional tools such as Jesus Calling, My Utmost for His Highest, and Daily Bread, but I’ve become a big fan of this one. Among other things, it overcomes the biggest barrier to reading the Bible daily as the time required each day is achievable. That is, if you can first conquer barrier #2, motivation!
Next, I was convinced that the greatest gift we can give to a family who comes to Safe Harbor is the Word of God, with the desire and practice of reading it daily. For many years God has used the ministry of Safe Harbor to restore hurting families through biblical counsel, encouragement, guidance, and compassion as they navigated a difficult season in their lives. We’ve always used God’s Word in our lessons and support groups, but now we are going further by giving each new Safe Harbor family a copy of New Testament in a Year and challenging them to be daily Bible readers. Each of our team members and volunteers have a copy, and I encourage you to get one as well.
The benefits of daily scripture reading are innumerable. 2 Peter 1:2 proclaims that grace and peace will be lavished on us as we grow in the rich knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord! As this year draws to a close I look ahead with great anticipation to see what God will do in all of our lives and through the ministry of Safe Harbor as we seek Him daily.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately.
2 Peter 1:5-8 NET
Oh Come Let Us Adore Him!