The Bible is inspired, but not everything in it is inspirational.

I’ve never been inspired by the long lists of genealogies in various places in the Old Testament. I’ve never been inspired by the minutiae of law in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Just two examples.

Some people read the Bible only to be inspired. They must either be disappointed sometimes, or else they must really stretch to pretend to be inspired. I’m reading a commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah that goes out of its way to provide inspirational applications of the current passage. They generally fall flat, to me at least.

I’d encourage people to read the Bible for more than being inspired to get through another day. Read it to grow your noodle and your commitment to the one who inspired the book.

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