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Are You Guilty of Being Bible Zoomer?

By: Bethany Baird

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a fast-paced type of a girl. I walk fast, I eat fast, I think fast, I talk fast. I even grew fast and tall.

In some areas of life, that can be a great thing—but not always. When it comes to my personal devotion time and Bible reading, being fast-paced is not such great quality to have.

The Bible is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16) It’s 100 percent God’s inspired Word written for each one of us. God perfectly orchestrated the Bible to give us the exact information that He wanted us to have.

It’s packed full of wisdom, insight, direction, and truth.

No matter how much we study it, there will always be more to learn. We can never get enough of it.

Ready for my honest confession?

I am a recovering Bible zoomer. A Bible zoomer is someone who reads their Bible fast and in a hurry. Sadly, I admit that I have been guilty of this way too many times. After years of Bible zooming, I’ve realized that my relationship with God, understanding of Scripture, and general peace in life is not what it should be.

God didn’t intend for us to open the Bible, sprint through the passages, and then move on.

He gave us the Bible to study, meditate on, gain wisdom from, and grow from. How can we do those things if we are not spending quality time in the Bible?

Here comes the good news. In the past two to three years I have had a major Bible reading shift. I finally understood the wisdom of 2 Corinthians 9:6:

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

For way too many years I was sowing sparingly in my personal devotions, and in return, I reaped sparingly. Now I take the time to sow bountifully, spending quality time in the Bible, trying to understand what the passages mean and meditating on them. The rewards have been huge. I actually remember what I’ve read later on in the day. That’s a big deal for a Bible zoomer.

I know that I’m not the only girl who’s struggled with zooming through her Bible reading.

Are you guilty of being Bible Zoomer? 

I want to challenge you to stop the zooming and slow down. Take time to look through the passage and truly understand the words that you read. Don’t hurry through your devotions and then sprint to the next activity. Take your time, and slow down.

How can you improve the quality of your devotional time?
How you can you create more time for your Bible reading?

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  • Thank you for this, Bethany. I’ve been trying to finish the whole Bible by the end of the year, and I guess that I’ve gotten too caught up in doing so that I really haven’t been paying attention to what I’m actually reading! I keep telling myself, “I’ll pay more attention next time, or next chapter”, but I don’t! Thanks for reminding me what it’s actually all about. 🙂

    ♥♥♥ Laura

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you!
    This is a very good reminder to me. I tend to rush through, but never really think about what I am reading. I just started reading Genesis again and I am really trying to think about it and understand all the things that it is saying. Thanks again for the great post Bethany!

  • Caity

    Thanks for posting this! I admit, I do this a lot myself, and really need to slow down and take more time to spend with the Lord. It’s always worth it to spend time in the Word and in prayer rather than sprint off and do whatever I want to do.

  • Very timely–I’ve been trying to slow down my Bible time lately. Last school year, all I could think about during my Bible time was my super long to-do list. But then I realized that spending time with God is the most important thing I will do all day. I’m now finding that when I slow down and have a good quality quiet time–not only reading my Bible, but also praying and doing Scripture memory–I always have plenty of time later to get my other school assignments done. 🙂

    • So true! It is the most important thing. Thank you for that reminder 🙂

  • Rebekah Teravskis

    Thank you Bethany! I am just like you and have a fast-paced attitude toward life. Great reminder to slow down and soak in God’s Word each day.

  • Clara

    Thanks so much for this! It is so easy to get caught up in getting through your quiet time rather than being focused and really putting your whole mind and heart into it. For continual meditation and thinking about scripture through the day, I have found a great tool! It is actually an app called ‘remember me’ for scripture memorization. You can have big chunks, single verses, or any verses you want on there. You memorize them by a series of little games, such as fill in the blanks or typing the first letter of each word. The ways they have designed it work really well for me and it is doable, where instead of picking up your phone in idleness, you can memorize the word of God! It might be a good tool for some people, (like me,) who are busy during the day and want something to remind them of the truth in God’s word, or someone who has limited time to have their devotions, they can work on scripture memorization at other parts in their day.

    • What a great recommendation! I can’t wait to check it out 🙂

  • Hope Hemsley

    Such a great post! I’m like that all the time… just rushing through my Bible reading so I can move on to the next activity. This has definitely challenged me to slow down and really sink into what God is trying to tell me. Thank you! 🙂

  • Liz H

    So important!! Thanks for this great reminder. 🙂

  • I’ve been guilty as of as not reading at all. My prayer time has been zero or perfunctory. It was so sweet several months ago; in silence and solitude I would pray and ask God to reveal to me in His timing. I would then journal. Busyness and anxiety crept in when I backed off and the past few days have been nigh well a panic attack. But the devil is a liar. I enjoy silence and solitude and my daughter recently said, “dad, silence.” I note that the devil has a few patterns in distressing me but he invariably hits the same old panic button related to my obsessive thoughts that I don’t just bring to God first thing and before long I’m overwhelmed and blowing everything out of perspective and proportion. There is NOTHING wrong NOW. Rather than depend on the Holy Spirit, I depend on my “own understanding” and then I get confused, mad, doubtful, and the pattern plays out. Always a trigger and too, ALWAYS Jesus Christ IS the Answer. Getting caught up in nonsensical Facebook harangue and other busyness irritates me but I keep on with it just to avoid stillness. “In quietness and trust you will have your strength.” Is 30:15. And herein is the crux of almost every created, seeming PROBLEM, I have allowed in. Thinking on one or both wrong sides of the PRESENT. Pining away looking at vacation pictures as though life is over is senseless. Projecting into the future over things I wrongly imaginie would get any better is equally as senseless. “Today is the day the Lord hath made, rejoice and BE GLAD IN IT.”

  • Bashara

    I am guilty of this, mostly cause I can be really indecisive. I just don’t where to start. Any suggestions.

  • Kate

    Yes, I’m guilty:(
    I’m trying to go through Psalms. But I don’t read every day:( that’s my down fall.
    I have found that ” World of Promise” ( it’s a drama reading of the Bible) has been helpful, and I hear different things, then when I read to myself.
    Thank you for the reminder to slow down. I’m fast and in a hurry when I read most of the time.
    When would you say it is better to read my Bible?

    • Jennifer

      Hey

      • Jennifer

        I think a great time to read the bible is early in the morning like maybe 6:30 have a small prayer and just read Gods word since there is nothing else to do everyone should be asleep at the time. So, it will cause more you and God time.

        • Kate

          Great, thanks.

          • Jennifer

            Your welcome!

      • Kate

        Hey

  • Anne Isabelle

    I am a definite Bible zoomer!!!! I am planning to start the habit of getting up early this year before school to read my Bible, and then I love to do my devo before bed– starting and ending my day with the One who is most important!

  • Heather Emma Marie England

    I’ve definitely been guilty of this!! Still working on changing!! (:


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