Let me tell you a secret. I don't read my Bible every day. Maybe I should feel guilty, especially since I’m the president of Scripture Union, a ministry whose mission is to help people of all ages meet God daily in the Bible and prayer. But I don’t, and here’s why.
Every morning, Sunday through Friday, I start my day in God's Word and prayer. But on Saturday morning I don't read my Bible. Instead, I get a cup of coffee and read the newspaper, every section, including all the Sunday advertising inserts, which always come a day early.
Why do I skip Bible reading on Saturday? Because I don't want to let it become a legalistic habit motivated by guilt. I take a day off to remind myself that a meaningful quiet time is not about punching in every day at the devotional clock. It's about developing a relationship with God.
Do you ever feel guilty about your devotional life? I think a lot of Christians do. That’s why I've written a new booklet, Confessions of a Guilty Bible Reader. It’s my attempt to honestly share some of the struggles and breakthroughs I’ve had as a lifelong Bible reader.
If you long for a closer, guilt-free walk with God, then I invite you to check it out. It has lots of stories and practical ideas to help you transform the basic discipline of Bible reading and prayer into an enjoyable daily encounter with God. (Click here to order Confessions of a Guilty Bible Reader.)