In the movie, “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves”, Wayne Szalinski accidentally shrinks himself, his wife, and two relatives, leaving the three kids in the house by themselves. One of the kids has a condition in which he gets sick if he doesn’t get enough potassium. At the end of the movie, he has one of his spells and the other two kids must come up with a way to help him. One of them remembers that bananas have a lot of potassium, so they feed him a banana and he gets better.
But if they had fed him a chicken, or some cheese, or a plate of rice, he wouldn’t have gotten better. Why? For the condition he had, none of those things would have provided what he needed. They are all good types of food, but they wouldn’t have helped his sickness in any way.
As Paul said, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) All of the Bible is absolutely good! However, you may need different parts of Scripture in different situations of your life. Keep in mind two things when considering this:
1. Don’t look at the Bible as specifically for you. It is not a motivational book written to “bless your heart” in which you can go and find different uplifting things for your life problems. It is in essence the revelation from God to the world about who Jesus is.
2. Never read the Bible in the way that some people do where they let the Bible fall open to a certain page and say, “The Lord must want me to read here.” That’s stupid. Actually, something else happened. Gravity latched on to the two sides of the book and based on how you were holding it, it fell open to a random page.
That being said, you do need certain parts of the Bible at certain points of your Christian walk. This is the same as how you need different types of food for different conditions of your body. If you are trying to lose weight, you don’t need to eat a ton of red meat. If you are trying to gain weight, don’t just eat vegetables. You don’t feed a baby or an old person with no teeth solid foods.
So based on what is going on in your walk, you need to tailor your Bible reading to what is going to grow you best and stir up your affection for Jesus the best at that time. For example, right now, I am in one of those dry seasons of the Christian walk. My mind is there, but I am really struggling with my heart for it. I think it is that I am kinda exhausted. So recently I’ve been reading Judges. It hit me today, that’s not what I need. Right now, I need the Gospels. I need to revisit those and stay in them for a while just looking at the Jesus I am following.
If you are a young Christian, I wouldn’t recommend reading Leviticus, Numbers, Joel, or several others. You need the Gospels. You need to look at Jesus and learn who he is and how to follow him. If you are really passionate for the glory of God and really on fire, then go deep into Romans, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Revelation. If you are trying to grow in Christian community and mission, read Acts. If you are ready to know the deep theology about who Jesus is, look at John and Hebrews.
If you aren’t ready to eat a certain kind of food, don’t do it. As you follow Jesus in the Bible, you need to tailor your Bible reading to the category of the Scripture food pyramid that is going to best benefit your growth and give you the nutrients you need. The whole Bible is a display of who Jesus is. However, as you follow him, you need to be able to see different angles of who he is that will help you grow at that time.