“Alexa, pay the B-I-B-L-E, Yes That’s The Book For Me.” Our granddaughter was just 3 years old but it was her favorite song. My hope and prayer, as her tiny voice commanded Amazon’s digital device called “Alexa,” was that the B-I-B-L-E would continue to be the most important book in her life for the rest of her life. As her grandmother, I’ve personally experienced the wisdom and guidance of the Bible in my life. But will it remain my granddaughters’ favorite song throughout her life? The statistics are stacked against it right now. Our culture chooses to read the latest trending internet site, checks their social media, views popular videos on YouTube, or buys the next self-help book as their go-to sources on how to solve their problems and find peace and contentment.
In a recent study by the Center for Bible Engagement, 93% of Americans have access to the Bible and average nearly five in our homes – but only half of American Christians will admit they have actually read the Bible cover to cover. The two biggest reasons Americans say they don’t read the Bible are because they are too busy and too distracted followed by not believing that it’s relevant and not knowing where to begin. Yet research revealed that when people do read the Bible four or more times a week their lives changed and they statistically made better and more positive choices. Pornography and substance abuse fall 59% and most emotional issues including anger, depression, loneliness, and fear decline as much as 32%. Even overeating declines by 20%.
That’s the reason I’ve written a new devotional called Hope 4 Today: Staying Connected to God in a Distracted Culture designed on a 4-day format to fit into busy lives.
Do you believe the Bible is the greatest book ever written and divinely inspired by God? Are you able to trust God that the Bible can provide you with guidance and contentment in a world that’s constantly unpredictable?
If you don’t know where to begin in the Bible, try starting with John and then move to the other gospels that begin the New Testament. Read the poetry of Psalms and the wisdom of Proverbs.
Check out a free sample of my devotional, Hope 4 Today: Staying Connected to God in a Distracted Culture, on the YouVersion App or purchase one at your favorite book site or store. It’s designed for busy schedules and can help you see how the Bible is relevant even today. You too will be singing the “ The B-I-B-L-E, Yes, That’s the Book For Me.”
Just ask Alexa to play it for you.