What makes reading the Bible so hard?

Why is reading the Bible so hard? What makes it so hard? 

Those are a couple of questions to ponder. As a matter of fact, why don't we stop right there and journal about that for a few minutes? 

I do not know about you, but my first challenge with reading the Bible is remembering to read the Bible.

Then, the second is understanding it.

The third challenge I have in reading the Bible is figuring out how to apply it to my life.

The fourth challenge is meditating on the Bible day and night.

The fifth challenge is me. I make everything far mor complicated than I need. 

The sixth is I know all sorts of must-do's and do-not-do's. There are rules about how to read the Bible, right? Thou should and thou should nots?

Seventh, I get sidetracked in reading about other things that catch my interest as I read the Bible and not on what I am actually trying to read.

Eighth, I overcomplicate everything as I read the Bible. 

I could go on and on with this list about what makes it hard to read the Bible.

I do not read the Bible chapter to chapter, book by book. I tend to jump around all over the place and do not read systematically, which makes it hard to understand the Bible. 

I feel guilty if I do not read the Bible, meditate on it day and night, memorize it, and apply it. So that makes me uncomfortable and that stops my reading of the Word of God.

In short, rules and myself are the very things that make reading the Bible hard.

And if reading the Bible is hard, how likely am I to be in the Bible as I want or should?

How about you? What's your struggle? How do you find it hard to read the Bible. Take a few minutes and journal about this.