"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." -- Colossians 3:16
Imagine my surprise when my teenager wanted to sit down on a Saturday morning and watch the movie rendition of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This is the kid who grew up on Barney and still enjoys Saturday morning cartoons, if he gets up that early! Personally, I would have chosen the cartoons. I wondered if the screen adaptation would be truly Shakespearean or if the script would be modernized. Having had only one cup of coffee I wasn't entirely convinced I could handle the mental aerobics of watching Shakespeare on a Saturday morning. Still, we did and were highly amused especially since most of the principal actors were dressed as though they stepped out of the 1960s!
I am convinced that one reason more people don't read the Bible is because they find it as difficult to understand as one of Shakespeare's plays, especially if they are attempting to read the more archaic language of the King James version. With the proliferation of translations and paraphrases available, as well as helpful resources such as commentaries and dictionaries, a lack of understanding is no longer an acceptable excuse for not reading the most important and popular book of all time. Besides, we have the Holy Spirit to help us understand the Scriptures. Jesus told the disciples, "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you" (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit will teach us, too, as we pray for understanding.
If you find reading the Bible a little intimidating, try reading it in a translation or paraphrase that is written in more contemporary language. Before you sit down and open the pages of Scripture, ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding. The Bible says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5). God's Word is full of hope and promises for you. Don't let intimidation steal your blessings. Pray, read, and receive all that God has for you in his Word!