Dr. David Jeremiah said, “Most people don’t realize that half the books of the Bible can be read in ten to forty-five minutes each.” Ten minutes. My son has to read ten minutes every night for homework. I’ve suggested to him that it would be a quick, easy way to knock out homework AND Bible study if he read his Bible during those ten minutes. So far, he’s not made the connection.
Ten minutes… waiting to pick the kids up from school… waiting while dinner cooks… waiting at the doctor’s office… Just ten minutes. Just reading, so you don’t need your big study Bible and notebook and colored pens and commentaries. (You use all that stuff too, right?) Just reading.
What would happen if you took ten minutes and read some of those “one sitting” books… Ruth, Lamentations, Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. (That’s 28 books right there!) Then Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Daniel, Hosea, Amos, Zechariah, Mark, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians and Hebrews aren’t much longer. (14 more. Now you’re up to 42! That’s almost two-thirds of the Bible.)
Don’t worry about understanding everything you read. I know that some of those minor prophets can be tough, keep at it! The Holy Spirit will bring the Word to life for you as you read and reread. If you want more proof, take one of those 10 minute sessions and read Psalm 119 for all the benefits of God’s word: Blessings, rejoicing, revival, strength, salvation, liberty, comfort, hope, life, guidance, and more!