Why I Don’t Read My Bible Every Day

There is this misunderstanding that being a Christian means reading your Bible. Or praying. Or fasting. Or finishing x-amount of devotional books in a year.

The title of this post might be shocking - I don't read my Bible every day. Want to know why? Read my reasons here, along with the 5 things I do every day.

I don’t agree.

Now before you click the little X at the top of your browser, would you just hear me out? I believe in the living God, the creator of the universe, the sovereign God that establishes my steps and gives me breath.

I believe in Jesus, His Son, who died on the cross to bring glory to the Father and to save us from eternal death. I believe in the Bible as the inspired Word of God.

I believe.

And yet, I don’t read my Bible every day. I don’t think I have ever fasted from food. And I rarely finish a devotional book.

Why?

Well, for a few reasons.

First, I am a perfectionist. I love lists. I love check marks. And I love when everything goes according to plan. This means that I would gladly write “Read Bible” & “Fast for lunch” on my to-do list.

But guess what? My heart motivation would be for the check mark, rather than growth and sanctification.

Second, when the motivation is a check mark, I do not gain much lasting truth from the time I spend reading. Yes, I believe that the Lord works each time we meet with Him, but I also believe that my heart and my mind need to be receptive to His voice and presence when I am meeting with the Lord.

When I sit down with my coffee and my Bible and it’s NOT on my checklist – when I read my Bible because I feel the Lord’s prompting – I finish feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, strengthened, and challenged.

This is so much better than finishing to check a box on my list.

The title of this post might be shocking - I don't read my Bible every day. Want to know why? Read my reasons here, along with the 5 things I do every day.

Last, I struggle with the routine of daily quiet time because the Lord works in every part of our lives. So often, I find myself finishing morning quiet time only to move on to the next thing.

God works ALL day long in our lives.

I feel that I should not confine Him to one hour in my mornings. Because of this, I struggle to sit and be still with the Lord every day during quiet time because my tendency is to stand up and forget it for the rest of my day.

Now, before everyone leaves and thinks that I never read my Bible, let me explain myself…

Here is what I do every day.

  1. I worship with music, with passions, with hobbies. I worship while I run. I worship while I hike. I worship while I sing in the mornings. Every day, I worship.
  2. I communicate with God. Intentionally. I think about Him, His word, His promises. I rely on Him for help with decisions. I talk to Him about my desires, my hurts, my relationships. Every day, I communicate.
  3. I practice gratefulness. God has given me everything I need for this moment. I thank Him for His individual gifts to my husband and me, as well as the everyday abundance of blessings we experience.
  4. I challenge myself (usually by reading). Sometimes it’s just one verse in the Bible, but sometimes it’s an entire book of the Bible. Sometimes it is half of a devotional guide, and sometimes it is a fiction book that leaves me pondering. I read, which in turn allows me to stretch my thoughts about humanity, God, my sin, His grace.

The title of this post might be shocking - I don't spend time reading my Bible everyday. Want to know why? Read my reasons here, along with the 5 things I do every day.

5. I struggle. Every day I struggle to live out my faith, to love others well, to be Jesus in the world, to live intentionally. Every day I desire to read my Bible, and oftentimes it does happen. But sometimes it doesn’t. Every day I desire to pray, and sometimes I pray for long periods of time. Sometimes it’s one sentence. Every day I long to be perfect, to have my life together, to accomplish everything on my to-do list. And every day I fail because I need Jesus to be made perfect in my weakness.

So, no, I do not read my Bible every day. But I do meet with Jesus. I do invite the Lord into my life. I do study His promises and His purposes and His principles and His commands.

Every day, I have a relationship with Jesus.


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49 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Read My Bible Every Day

  1. I understand where you are coming from with the perfectionism. Oh the perfectionism! On the one hand I feel “off” if I don’t have a little quiet time in the mornings just to get my head straight before all of the nonsense of the day fills it. On the other hand I do find myself some days sitting down with my Bible just so I can say I did it. On those days I pick a shorter devotional, just one or two verses rather than an in depth study, and purposefully meditate on it throughout the day.

    1. Marian, I love that idea. I do understand about having a quiet time to set the mood for the day. I like that too. I love the idea starting small but meditating all day long. Isn’t that what we should long to do anyway? 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  2. thank you so much for writing this! I am encouraged because lately I’ve been given quite a bit of grief by someone close to me about how my time with God should look. This helps me in so many ways!

    1. Stephanie, I am so thankful that you found encouragement here. I truly believe that time with the Lord will look different for everyone – so I urge you to connect with Jesus how you connect best! After all, God wired us all in unique ways that are glorifying and honoring to Him!
      Thank you for commenting. 🙂

  3. Thank you. This is very encouraging to hear from someone else who does the same thing I do. I thought I have no discipline in doing what a Christian should do, I must read the Bible every day and I don’t. I do my devotional first thing in the morning. Then I listen and sing to Christian music while I work. I communicate with God through out the day and in constant gratitudes every day.

    1. Julianna, I must encourage you that God longs to meet with you in that way! I stand firm in my belief that there is no “right way” with meet with the Lord. Every person is different – and what a blessing that is!
      Thanks for commenting and for sharing about how you meet with God. Meeting with Him is the important thing. Not following the “rules”. 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness Alison! I have to admit, when I saw this on pinterest, I did a double take and wondered if it really could have said “lifeofscoop” under that title, lol. So my curiosity got the best of me.

    I loved it! I love to meet with God all day long too. Sometimes planned, most often not. I usually do read the Word everyday, but like you said, if I get to where I’m doing it out of obligation to check it off my list, then it leaves me feeling empty. I love that you wrote this because I think a lot of people will identify with it 💜💜 Blessings, love!

    1. Thanks so much, Tiffany! It took a lot of courage to hit ‘publish’ because I know many people feel strongly about daily devotions. And don’t get me wrong – I do too! I’ve just learned to think about them a little differently. 🙂
      Thanks for being encouraging and taking the time to comment. You bless me, friend.

  5. I totally get what you are saying, and for most of my adult life I lived the same way. But at the end of the day, we need to read the word of God. However you get to it, do it anyway. We may have to force ourselves, but do it anyway. This day in age, it is imperative to read His word, and to meditate on it, to eat it, day and night. Devotionals are nice, but we need to know what the Authoritative Source says and His context, not someone else’s. The Bible is our Policy and should be our go-to book for everything every day. It’s how we communicate with God correctly. God bless you and have an awesome day!!

    1. Leah, I absolutely believe in the authority and importance of Scripture. I love my time spent in the Word & I truly gain something with every word I read. My point in writing here is to encourage those who feel like reading Scripture has become another “thing to check off a list” to relish a relationship with God. All in all, I definitely believe that I should be reading the Word every day – and I strive to do so! I just never want to feel like it’s an obligation & I never want others to feel that way either.
      Thank you for sharing here and for taking the time to comment. Please know that I agree with you. 🙂 Blessings!

  6. His Word is oh so precious. He speaks to us, strengthens us and molds and shapes us into the woman HE desires us to be. This life is not about us, but about serving Him. When He comes to live within and we are born again, we have a new born desire to reach out into the likeness of Him, telling other’s of salvation through Christ. I pray that many “will” spend time in His Word and find the real gem’s of life that are there waiting to be found.

    1. Jo, I pray the same! We have such a gift of being able to read the Word and connect with God in such a personal way. There is so much truth, challenge, and encouragement waiting to meet us in the words of Scripture. 🙂
      Thank you for commenting and sharing your thoughts here!

  7. Thanks for this timely post. There is so much pressure on us Christian women to accomplish a wide variety of tasks every day, you are right that bible reading shouldn’t be a checkmark – something that I myself am guilty of.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment! It is true… there is a never ending checklist! I find myself so much more rejuvenated when I read the Bible because I want to rather than when I “have” to.

  8. hey there, your post caught my eye as I have felt the same about reading the word as you ! The problem is our flesh prefers not the things of God & the new spirit of Christ gives us the desire for his word, we have been brought with a price & are not our own so weather we feel like it or not we must read at every opportunity especialy when we don’t feel like it. I definitely agree you don’t need to read more than a verse or two, and think on this throughout your day. Thanks for sharing you thoughts really refreshing. 😄

    1. Thanks, Vicky! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and encouraging me. I agree with you and your words about the Spirit from God changing our hearts… I am so thankful that is a truth! And yes, a verse or two a day can be just as impactful as reading several chapters. Although, I do love the days I feel hungry to read much of the Word! 😉

  9. Hey Alison! Found your blog through this post and just wanted to say thank you! It’s been helpful to read through what you’ve struggled through and are continuing to work through. I definitely feel on so many levels the struggle with turning my quiet times and really, my entire life into a checklist and then feeling so incredibly upset when it doesn’t work out. But thanks for all your super helpful posts that are encouraging and practical! Genuinely made my day! 😀

    1. Jessica, thanks! You made MY day! I’m so glad you found something helpful and encouraging here. That is my prayer. If you make your entire like into a checklist, you & I would be wonderful friends! 😉 I totally get that, and write a lot about my struggles with perfectionism & accepting grace. I’m so thankful you found me here & that you took the time to stick around and comment.

  10. I just stumbled across your site and this is the first post I read. As an older girl (50+) I want to encourage you and say that your article has touched my heart. I learn so much from those younger than me. I have struggled not because of perfectionism but because of legalism. The points you made go hand in hand. For years I felt ‘guilty” that I hadn’t woken early and spent time with God.
    We serve a God of grace and when we are lead by his prompting oh how sweet the time we send with Him. I don’t believe for one minute that you are saying not to read the Bible. When we have His word embedded in our heart He will cause His very words to rise up in us and give us peace and counsel.
    Thanks for sharing your heart. Julie in Australia

    1. Wow, Julie, thank you so much for this sweet comment! I appreciate your recognition that I’m not saying to avoid reading the Bible. I believe 100& in the authority and power of Scripture! And yes, I agree. When we hide His word in our heart, it is always there to comfort, challenge, equip, encourage, or convict. Some of my sweetest moments with the Lord have been mornings when I felt prompted to spend time alone with God, not because I “should” read my Bible or “have to” pray, but because I craved that sweet time of intimacy.
      I am so thankful that you found this post and took the time to comment. You’ve blessed me today. 🙂

  11. Well said! God does want us to read the Bible, of course. But there is so much more! To read it without living it out seems like such a tragic loss of worship. I am with you here…blessings!

    1. Thanks, Christa! I appreciate the encouragement. It’s all too easy for it to become “something to do” and, yes, there is so much more to Scripture study and relationship with God than just reading the words! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. 🙂

  12. I often fall into the trap of quiet time/Bible reading just being on my To Do list. When I sit down to read my Bible, I sometimes feel like I’m just rushing through it to get it over with. When this happens, I’ll often just stop and talk with God about my day–that makes Him feel more…real, I guess. It helps me focus. However, just very recently in fact, He’s been teaching me how seriously awesome the Scriptures are and I’ve grown to actually look forward to reading the Bible.

    I like your approach to this issue because I truly, truly believe the Word is important and we need to be in it all the time, but we should for our time with God to have meaning and depth.

    Thanks for this post!

    1. I love your idea of talking to God about your day! What a special way to make Him personal & real – which is how God longs for us to relate to him! And I agree, the Scriptures are so full of life & truth. It’s awesome how God gives us a hunger for His Word when we ask Him. 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate support and encouragement about posts such as this!

  13. Very encouraging. I am a believer, I am a worshipper, and I have a relationship. But I do not enjoy reading. I am not an avid reader and that includes the bible which I ALWAYS feel so guilty about 🙁 But I speak to God, I hear from God, I live for God. It’s nice to see someone in my boat. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank YOU for taking the time to comment and encourage me. 🙂 It’s so sweet that God gives us multiple ways to worship and enjoy Him, as well to get to know Him on a deeper and more personal level.

  14. I love your perspective on this. I’m a list-maker and box-checker too. I need to be careful about my real motivation. I also get easily discouraged when I miss a couple of days and get behind. It’s hard to catch up. You’re right. It’s being with Jesus that counts.

    1. Elizabeth, thanks for commenting! It is hard to catch up, but thankfully we have a God who loves us and offers grace even when we fall behind. Enjoying His presence is key. 🙂

  15. This was very inspiring to me! I try to take time every morning, but life gets crazy sometimes. I communicate with Jesus all day, and make him a part of my decisions. I loved the part where you said that you practice your fellowship with singing, and gratefulness. I do that as well, trying to appreciate each little thing that I take for granted, even the mundane chores that go with daily living. I am grateful that I have the means, and the ability to be able to handle these chores myself.

  16. Thank you for this post! It spoke to me! I am a perfectionist too and on top of that I have an attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity untreatable ( no pill is effective for me) and when every morning I read short devotionals, the Word and I worship I feel like my brain will explode…and I feel guilty.I think God is telling me less can be more! May God bless you in every area of your life in Jesus’s name!

    1. I’m so thankful that this communicated the freedom of the gospel with you! It’s true – sometimes less can be more. And sitting in His presence is what truly matters. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with me!

  17. I’ve been trying to be faithful to daily bible reading and study. I used feel guilty when I miss a day, but God doesn’t want us to feel guilty. I’m going to finish this bible study, but then I am going to try your way. I find that we do not have to be a prayer warrior, only some are called for this, but talking with Jesus through out the day is soul lifting and this last week I found myself just saying His name over and over, but he was there to help me/my family through the loss of a loved one.

    1. Minnie, thanks for sharing that with us here. I agree with you. And I’m so glad that you felt the Lord’s presence throughout a time of grief. “He is near to the brokenhearted…” Amen.

  18. Attitude and motivation are key. Pharisees had a check list of tasks but look what Jesus said about that. I agree we communicate with God in many ways.

  19. THANKS I TRULY NEEDED THIS I QUESTION MYSELF ALL THE TIME BUT I KNOW I LOVE AND BELIEVE IN THE LORD GOD….

    1. Hey there. You know, sometimes I’ve heard people say that questioning is a bad thing. But, in my opinion, questioning means that you’re wrestling with your faith and truly diving into who Jesus is and what He’s done for you. Have faith the size of a mustard seed – which is a seriously tiny seed! That’s what Jesus told us. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  20. Yes! I love this. Meeting with Jesus and having a relationship is the most important thing… not doing something just to check it off our lists.
    Beautifully written. We all struggle. Thank you for admitting that. It helps others of us admit it too. 🙂
    My THEME for this year is CONNECT. Connect with JOY (Jesus, Others, Yourself). So, I have been very intentional about connecting with Jesus THROUGHOUT my day, not just during a “quiet time.”
    And I am trying to share some of the ways I do that on my blog, in order to CONNECt with others.
    So glad to connect with you today. 🙂

    1. Hi JoDitt! Thanks for commenting! And I love that you have intentionally set aside time to connect with the Lord. Being aware of His presence & inviting Him into all moments of the day is a wonderful place to start. 🙂

  21. Thank you so much for having the hurts to publish this article. It has helped me feel more normal. You have made me realize that God is bigger than a routine. He is bigger than checking the block. He does not change one bit when the mornings become so crazy. I need to worship Him through the “crazy”. And it’s not giving me an excuse to not read His word but a reminder of His beautiful grace that covers me throughout the day. He never changes and He never becomes disappointed b/c He’s perfect. Thank you Allison, I deeply understand what you were saying. We should be worshipping Him in all we do. Thank you sweet sister in Christ. Love and blessings to you.

    1. “He does not change one bit when the mornings become so crazy.” AMEN! There is so much Truth in this, and in discovering that our relationship with God is not confined to a box. We can worship, pray, and praise all day long! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  22. I really appreciate your Truthfulness. People ( we Christians) today are so Afraid to say what we are really pondering in our Hearts. I mean after all you cook and talk to your mate everyday… If you can. But you do because of your Love for them not because it’s programmed into you like a Robot. I have the Lord with me all day and night in most things that I do so he’s ever with me. It’s not the reading it’s the Living

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