The Priority of Bible Reading
“Read the Bible daily. Make it part of every day’s business to read and meditate on some portion of God’s Word. Gather your manna fresh every morning.
Choose your own seasons and hours. Do not scramble over and hurry your reading. Give your Bible the best, and not the worst, part of your time. But whatever plan you pursue, let it be a rule of your life to visit the throne of grace and the Bible every day.”
~ J.C. Ryle
How Readest Thou?, [Moscow, ID: Charles Nolan Publishing, 2002], 57.
"Let us arm ourselves with a thorough knowledge of the Word of God. Let us read our Bibles more diligently than ever, and become familiar with every part of them. Let the Word dwell in us richly. Let us beware of anything which would make us give less time and less heart to the perusal of its sacred pages. The Bible is the sword of the Spirit – let it never be laid aside. The Bible is the true lantern for a dark and cloudy time – let us beware of traveling without its light." - J.C. Ryle
“A few hints to keep up spiritual enjoyment: it is absolutely needful, in order that happiness in the Lord may continue, that scriptures be regularly read. These are God appointed means for the nourishment of the inner man; consider it, ponder over it. Especially we should read regularly through the scriptures consecutively, front to the back and not picking here and there a chapter; if we do, we remain spiritual dwarfs. I tell you so affectionately, for the first four years, after my conversion, I made no progress because I neglected the Bible. Then, I regularly read on through the whole. With regard to my own heart I directly made progress. Then my peace and joy continued more and more. Now I have been doing this for 47 years and I always find it fresh when I begin again, thus, my peace and my joy have increased more and more. I saw more clearly than ever that the first and great, and primary business, I ought to attend to everyday, was to have my soul happy in the Lord. The means: I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the word of God; to meditation on it. What is the food of the inner man? Not prayer, but the word of God, and not simple reading of the word of God, so that it only passes through our minds like water through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, applying it to our lives.” – George Muller
"Bible study is the metal that makes a Christian; this is the strong meat on which holy men are nourished; this is that which makes the bone and sinew of men who keep God’s way in defiance of every adversary." - C.H. Spurgeon