I have only been a Christian for about three years. Since the time I became a Christian, however, I have discovered something significant about the Bible and my walk. There seems to be a direct correlation between reading scripture and my obedience to Jesus. Whenever I start to “backslide,” my time in the scripture has significantly decreased, or stopped—prior. Whenever I am obedient and following God’s will, my devotional reading time is always significant.
This correspondence is not just occasional; it appears to be the case—every time. Even other Christians I have spoken with regarding this correspondence concur with my hypotheses. Now, I am not saying that if you read a lot of scripture you will not sin; this is certainly not the case. However, more time in the Bible will result in less sin.
It would be interesting to test this hypothesis. If I could measure reading time vs. sin occurrence and graph the results—that would be remarkable. However, the data would be highly subjective, especially if I was testing myself. I may, for example, subconsciously skew the data to meet my preconceived notion. I must think more about this and see if there is an objective way to measure the correspondence between “reading and sinning.”
Nevertheless, here is something to write on the first page of your bible. “This book will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from this book.”
I don’t remember when and where, but I have heard the quote before; so it’s not original, but it sums up everything I said in one sentence. I think I will do some reading…!