If I could encourage married couples to do one thing for the health and enrichment of their marriage, it would be to immerse themselves in God’s Word…not only as hearers but doers. A couple who keeps the attitude of Christ towards one another will be blessed beyond measure. Too many people are casual about their Bible reading, or perhaps it is non-existent. They want God to bless their marriage, but they spend no time learning and obeying His teachings. They want to do things their own selfish way, or the way of the world but want the outcome of God’s blessings. You can’t have it both ways. If you want God to bless your marriage in a bigger way, I want to challenge you to do what this poem summons you to do. Best of all…do it together!
READ THE BIBLE THROUGH
I supposed I knew the Bible,
Reading piecemeal, hit or miss;
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis.
Certain chapters of Isaiah,
Certain Psalms–the twenty-third!
Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs
Yes, I thought I knew the Word!
But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.
You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel aweary,
And yawn through a hurried prayer,
You who treat the Crown of Writings,
As you treat no other book,
–Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look.
Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through.
—Amos R. Wells