The Importance of Bible Reading

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The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible.

His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could. One day the grandson asked,

“Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?”

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house.

The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.

Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”

“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean.

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.

That is the work of God in our lives.

To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.

Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day. Pray that He will use it to turn your heart and mind to Him.

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15 comments

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  2. dettinger47 · February 15

    Excellent post, Crissy. One of the biggest shortcomings of the Western Church is that believers do not read their Bibles, all 66 books. This is resulting in an always weakening Church, sadly.

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    • Paul · February 15

      Thank you for your comment. I am not Crissy, however, Crissy is a dear sister who follows this blog. My name is Paul. Most of us do not read our Bibles properly at all. We either rush through it, read it whilst we glace at our emails, read it electronically, or do not read it at all. If the enemy can steal away from us our only weapon, what possibly can come of it? Deception, lies and eventual destruction.

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      • dettinger47 · February 15

        I agree wholeheartedly, Paul. And sorry about the mix-up!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul · February 15

        No worries! I’m sure Crissy is a very nice person and for once, I’m not being compared to something hideous! Ha!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. SLIMJIM · February 9

    Amen.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Bibleguy317 · February 9

    Reblogged this on BibleProphecyWatch.

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  5. earthmuffinmom · February 9

    Shared on Facebook, God bless you brother. So true.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. mimionlife · February 9

    Daily Bible reading helps me handle any situation. His Word provides comfort.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul · February 9

      Amen. It’s something we all need to remember. It’s our strength, wisdom, comfort and guide. Why on earth wouldn’t the Christian not want to read and meditate on it?

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  7. Introverted Evangelist · February 9

    A profound truth conveyed via a truly fantastic story!!! God bless you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul · February 11

      Thank you kindly for your words of love. May God bless you as well.

      Like

  8. Crissy · February 9
  9. Nina · February 8

    Reblogged this on For Such A Time As This.

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