by J C Corcoran
LifeWay Research is a Christian resource Center for equipping church leaders and a recent survey conducted by LifeWay says that 80% of Churchgoers Don’t Read the Bible on a Daily Basis. LifeWay surveyed more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers and found that only 19% read their bible every day.
I think the key word in the above research is “Churchgoers” because not all churchgoers are Christians and not all Christians are churchgoers so, perhaps the statistics might be different if they had surveyed only confessed born again believers.
But I still believe that many born again believers don’t read the word on a daily basis. Why is that? Why don’t Christians read their bibles? Are they really so busy in their everyday life to spend a mere 15 minutes with the God who created them? The God who sustains them? The God who allowed His only Son to suffer and die for them to save them from His wrath?
Did you know that was what you are saved from? I remember telling someone once that I had been saved – it was way back – shortly after I surrendered to Christ. I told him that I had been saved and he asked me…… “saved from what?”
I didn’t know what to tell him! I stuttered and mumbled and said something like… saved from my sins. We are saved from God’s wrath! 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says… “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
What is God’s wrath? Do you know? Well, I’m going to tell you. Three minor prophets, Zephaniah, Nahum, and Malachi give us a glimpse of God’s wrath .
Zephaniah says in the chapter one and verses 14 thru 17… “That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom.”
Nahum says in chapter 1, verse 6… “His wrath is poured out like fire.”
And Malachi says in chapter 3, verse 2 … “Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire.”
Now remember, these are all prophecies being made of the end times and then in the Book of Revelation, the book that shows us the fulfillment of those prophecies, in 21: 6-8. “He said to me: it is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
And again in verse eight, we will see what God’s wrath is… “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”
So now you know about the wrath of God. Now you know that when you say you have been saved, you really know what it is you have been saved from. And you would have known that, without me telling you, if you would just make it a habit to read the bible.
How much time can you spend in a day with God’s word?