Read it Anyway

Listen to me and remember what I say.
The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies.
But they didn’t know what he meant. Its significance was hidden from them,
so they couldn’t understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
Luke 9:44, 45

Jesus told his closest friends what was going to happen. They didn’t understand. Yet they needed to hear it so that when it happened, they would understand.

Later, after Jesus died and had risen, they remembered what he told them.

This is why it’s important to read the Bible, even when we don’t understand what we’re reading.

A counselor once challenged me to read ten chapters in the New Testament every day for six months. He said it would change my life. I took the challenge. This forced me to read many passages I didn’t understand. Because those verses were planted in my mind, God could explain them to me later through many different means: prayer, sermons, books, quiet meditation, life challenges, other individuals, etc. The seeds already planted could begin to take root with meaning.

Don’t hold back from reading the Bible just because you don’t understand it. (There’s still a lot I don’t understand.) Take it in and trust him, God will reveal its meaning to you in his timing.