Unfortunately, for me, the answer is: not often enough, and not intensely enough. I find this to be typical of the human experience...many of us are just not attracted to, drawn toward the word of God with the type of interest and zeal we should have toward a book of such immensity! When my students read through my lesson outlines, I often notice that they like to read the paragraphs that I write about a given topic, but they quickly breeze over the Bible verses from which I drew my conclusions. The same goes for me when I read a Christian book. I love to read, investigate, and consider the point that an author is trying to make, but when he inserts a Bible verse pertaining to his point, I skim over it quickly or forgo it altogether! Shouldn’t it be the other way around?! Shouldn’t I be obsessive about my investigation of the words of God, and dismissive of all other penmanship?! Shouldn’t I pour over the words of the Creator of the universe...studying His words with intensity and fervor, trying to suck every ounce of marrow that I can from each precious morsel?! Why is it that we don’t love the words of God with passionate, burning, magnetic love? Why don’t they pull us in the way that they should? Why is it that we spend lots of time reading the latest magazines, newspaper, and internet articles about our hobbies and interests, and yet can’t find time for serious study of the words of God Almighty, “the revealer of secrets, of mysteries unknown”?
When we consider how much time we waste reading and thinking about frivolous things, it is pertinent to remember that in the end, only God (and by extension, His Word) will remain. Everything that we think is so important will literally be burned by fire... “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Peter 3:10). Everything that we obsess about: celebrities, movies, recipes, home decorating, cars, toys, vacations, electronics...none of it will matter in the end. Only one thing will remain: God. Shouldn’t we spend time getting to know the Only Thing that we get to keep? I confess that I need to spend less time reading and thinking about things that don’t matter. I want to know the Unknowable. I want to know the God who has revealed Himself in a book. I better get reading!
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. - Isaiah 40:8