One Bite At A Time

Romans 15:4, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Pizza buffet. No doubt. 100% certain of it. But just to be on the safe side, let me think about it again. 5…4…3…2…1…gotta stick with my first answer. Pizza buffet. See, here’s how it plays out in my mind. Psalm 37:4 states, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 34:10 says, “…they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.” So, the way I figure it, the marriage supper of the Lamb has got to be a pizza buffet. All-you-can-eat for that matter.

In case you are wondering, I like pizza. In fact, from my vantage point there are only three types of pizza. Good. Better. Best. I can eat pizza at any time. Breakast. Lunch. Dinner. I can eat pizza at any temperature. Cold. Hot. Sitting on the counter for hours. It just doesn’t matter. There is no such thing as bad pizza. It’s all good. But here’s the point I want to share today. Whether it is an all-you-can-eat buffet or a single slice serving, I always eat my pizza the same way…one bite at a time. There really is no other way to do it. Even if you fold the slice, it becomes a larger bite, but it is still only one bite.

For years I have watched people approach the Bible through the 3 chapters a day program. You know. Read the Bible through in a year by completing 3 chapters a day. A good thought but one that it is fundamentally flawed. See, the Bible is not a “magical” book. It is, however, a “supernatural” book. The transference of life and power comes not from the book itself (it’s just ink and paper) but from the words of life in the book. Our primary problem is that we just read way too fast. We finish our 3 chapters, mark it off our checklist of spiritual “to-dos,” and then we go on about our day no different for the investment of our time.

Bible study that brings real results has to be approached the same way as eating pizza…one bite at a time. We would all be better served if we spent our time reading the Bible in portions. Instead of flying through 3 chapters in 15 minutes we would experience much more growth spending that same time just focusing on one passage. Read it through. Read it again a second time. Read it within the larger context. Highlight or underline key verses and words that stick out to you. Take a few minutes to memorize one verse that really speaks to you. Ask yourself what does this mean. Ask God how you can apply it to your everyday living. Really focus on the accompanying notes in your Bible. Cross read the verses from your center reference. Take notes. Write down your initial impressions and the things that the Holy Spirit speaks to you as you think on the passage. Bottom line…slow down and start reading with a desire for understanding.

Yeah, you probably won’t finish the entire Bible in one year. Personally, I gave that up years ago. Been there. Done that. Wasn’t any different for it. My life changed when I began to focus on understanding rather than just reading. For me the Bible began to have greater meaning and value. Stop trying to choke it all down in one sitting. Take your time and learn to enjoy His Word one bite at a time. Your life will never be the same.