Q: I’ve read my Bible every day for most of my life, but my eyesight is going and I can’t read now. Is God going to be upset with me because I no longer read the Bible? I worry about this. — S.R.
A: Don’t worry; God knows what you can and cannot do at this stage of your life, and he doesn’t blame you or look down on you because you no longer can read your Bible.
Instead, take comfort in the truths you have read in God’s word over the years, and which (hopefully) have taken root in your heart and mind. Reading the Bible shouldn’t be something we do just out of habit, or because we think God will look with favor on us if we do it. The Bible is God’s word, and God wants to speak to us through its pages. That’s why we always should come to the Bible prayerfully, reverently, thoughtfully and obediently. The Psalmist said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
Although you can no longer read, seek out other ways to learn from God’s word. Listen carefully to your pastor’s sermons; find a Christian radio station that includes gifted Bible teachers; find a service for the blind that provides audio recordings of the Bible. The Bible says, “My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth” (Psalm 78:1).
The most important question I can ask you, however, is this: Is your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation? God loves you; he loves you so much that he sent his son into the world to give his life for you. Christ is the center of the Bible — and may he be the center of your life as well.
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or visit www.billygraham.org.