Rhythms of Connection: Scripture

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
— Psalm 119:11

I really didn’t want to write on this topic, because I do not prioritize the hiding of God’s word in my heart. I am a person in full-time church leadership, and I genuinely struggle to discipline myself in the Scriptures. Feel free to cast your stones. I will submit to your righteous judgment. It’s ironic that our team is working on a rhythm series, because my family and I have been so unsettled over the last few months. I’ve been transitioning jobs, cities, and homes (all with an ever-growing baby in-tow). It’s been difficult to feel like we have out feet beneath us lately.

But even all of that is an excuse isn’t it? For some reason, this is the discipline that I find the most excuses to avoid. I find it easier to fast or spend time in silence than I do to study the word of God. I think the reason I find so much resistance to studying scripture is because it’s one of the best ways to grow closer to the heart of God. Reading Scripture has never been something I’ve regretted, and it has always focused me on the presence of the Holy Spirit in my conversations throughout the day. The enemy will do anything he can to keep me (us) away from the word of God. My heart is prone to wander, and Scripture is an anchor. Being connected to the word of God is the most effective way to purge the sinful thoughts and behavior out of our lives.

Three Bad Excuses I Make To Avoid Reading My Bible

  1. I don’t have time. But that’s ridiculous because the time I have to do anything is the time that I make. This excuse just shows that I don’t see the study of Scripture as a priority. If I want to live a life that reflects the character of God, I had better be reading about who He is and the stuff He does.
  2. I already know it. Sometimes I’ll convince myself that it isn’t really important that I read the Scriptures everyday, because I grew up in church and know these stories already. That’s just plain arrogance. Paul says in Hebrews that the word “living and active.” The Holy Spirit partners with us in the reading of Scripture. New revelation can occur at any moment when those factors are in play.
  3. I’m not qualified. On the other hand, I’ll sometimes convince myself that I’m not educated enough or knowledgeable enough to properly understand the Bible. It may be true that the Bible is a complex and contextual historical document from a culture and time far removed from our own, but becoming overwhelmed by this doesn’t help us in the long run. Knowing as much as we can about the word of God will only be a benefit, not a detriment. 

 One Good Reason To Read My Bible

It is the word of God. If I truly love the Creator of the universe, the Redeemer of souls, the Savior of the world, the true King of the Earth, our Heavenly Father, the Son of Righteousness, the Emmanuel, the Comforter and Counselor, I will endeavor to hear His voice and know His ways. The Bible shouldn’t be a burden or a task. The Word of God is a precious gift. It is the voice of God. The more we read it, the closer to His heart we will be, of this I am truly convinced.


Lane Greenleaf-Perez

Lane grew up in Southern California and graduated from Vanguard University in 2013, where he met his wife, Jayna. They are currently living in Beaverton, Oregon, where Lane is the Assistant Worship Pastor at Beaverton Foursquare Church. Lane and Jayna welcomed their first child, William, in October 2016. He loves the local church and has plans to attend seminary to earn his Master's of Divinity.