I like to run.
I don’t always want to get ready and go for a run, but eight times out of eleven, when I’m out there doing it, I enjoy running.
My normal place to run is Lake Sacajawea in Longview, WA. It is mostly lit and I’d imagine it would be a beautiful run during the day, but running it at night I just notice that it is mostly lit. It is a 3.6 mile loop and I try to run it twice a week. Recently I’ve started doing two laps around on Thursdays and have yet to fall over into the grass (though I do run on the inside of the path just in case).
Even on the days that I don’t “feel like” getting ready and going out for a run I think it helps to keep me in shape.
I think reading the Bible is the same way. Even on days I don’t really “feel like” spending time in God’s Word I think that God is able to show me things and I can grow. God is not limited or hindered by whether or not I feel like it.
There are many things that if I only did when “I feel like it” wouldn’t get done very often. But I do them, and they are not less productive based on the feelings I started with. My grass is still shorter, I’m in better shape and I spent time in God’s Word.
Should I want to dive deep in to the Word of God and seek to know Him more? Absolutely. Do I always feel like it? No. Can God speak to me when I’m spending time in the Word out of discipline? Yes, I think that He can.
Psalm 119:9 asks “How can a young man keep his way pure?
Is duty or discipline a valid reason for spending a daily time in the Word of God?