Are You “Catching Up” By Avoiding God’s Word?

I can remember multiple times this week that I have dodged reading the Bible.  One time I wanted to start reading Galatians, instead I chose to catch up on paying my bills.  This led to me to forget about Galatians and head straight into catching up on one of my favorite TV shows.  Another time I needed to catch up on work emails when I got home, and then I had to catch up on making Valentine’s Day plans.  This was followed by catching up on readings for my seminary classes.

Today I’m catching up on writing a church blog post about how important it is to read the Bible.  I know you can feel the irony in that last sentence.

If you are like me, you find every possibility to avoid reading the Word of God.  This avoidance isn’t something that remains pervasive in my life, but this onset avoidance happens more often than I would like to admit.  Maybe you avoid Scripture because you are worn out from Christian stuff, or you don’t think it’s worth your while as a mature Christian.  I tend to avoid because I’m “too busy” to grow in my faith with the Lord.  

However, Scripture tells us something wonderful about the benefit of God’s word. 2 Timothy 3:6-17 says:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

One of my college buddies said this to me, “The more I read the Bible, the more I see it as a vital need in my life.  Like drinking water.”  Growing in our faith cannot be sidetracked by the trivial tasks of life.  The next time you worry about catching up on the tasks of life, remember that God has written something good for you.  Avoid catching up, and be nourished by the Word of the Lord (Ps 1:1-3).

Ryan Yackel is the MC East Leader at Redemption City Church, and  a coffee addict.  Follow him on Twitter @RyanYackAttack at or email him at