I Struggle With it Too

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  1. margaret byl says:

    I really appreciate you articles. You’re so open and honest and share what you struggle with. A number of years ago now, one of our daughters mentioned how she really liked her elder and could open up to him because he talked about what he struggled with. John Piper mentioned in one of his sermons one time how personal Bible reading starts with discipline, then leads to desire, and lastly delight. I know I definitely have to work at it.

    • Thanks Margaret, I appreciate your comment. I am in the discipline stage right now. Disciplining myself to have devotions, and I often do experience the desire to have devotions, at least more than in the past… the delight is not as common, but I have certainly experienced that delight. Having tasted the delight of the Lord, you would think that my desire would be to experience it more often, but alas what a wretched creature I am, I must rely on his promises rather than my experiences! Let us all pray that the Lord would increase our delight in Him!

  2. “John Piper mentioned in one of his sermons one time how personal Bible reading starts with discipline, then leads to desire, and lastly delight.” – I fully agree. The ESV Study Bible has a schedule to go through the Bible in one year. That’s too fast for us. Better yet is too read the notes, do a bit of cross-referencing, such as, for example, Hebrews interprets Isaac blessing Jacob and Esau in Genesis. We are also using Peter Feenstra’s devotional “Unseen Footprints” and Klaas Schilder’s newly English language meditation series “Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.” These are good “nutrition” but, I fear, many among us are on starvation diets, so your clip of Pol’s sermon is right on.

    • Hi Albert, Thankd for the comment. There are 1189 chapters in the bible, If I read 1 chapter per day which would take 3.25 years to read through. My guess is it would take me about 5 years to go through the entire bible if I want to actually learn from it in my deovtions. For family devotions we started in Genesis just after Easter and my plan was to read a chapter per day until we finish the entire bible. However we have found that reading a chapter is not fruitful with little kids. So we read a section of a chapter and discuss it. My guess is it will take about 7 years to get through the Bible this way !!!! BUT…I am not simply reading, we are discussing and working through things, it is a blessing to see your children grasp the things of God!