Let’s be completely clear… We NEED to read the Bible. It’s not something we do as a favor to God. Life does not go well if we don’t. Now there are people who don’t read the Bible and live absolutely fabulous lives, but that’s because they aren’t a true child of God: they don’t need the Word of God because they don’t live according to the ways of Christ. But for those of us who are truly chosen, we don’t know who we are or what to do without consulting our “Life’s Instruction Manual” on a daily basis. Yes BooBoo, I said daily.
Many people feel guilty about the fact that reading the Bible is hard for them, not just because it’s hard to read, but because they simply don’t have a desire to. (Let’s just be all the way real!) Some people think it’s boring, which makes me question if they’ve EVER read the Bible because… my Dear… “boring” it certainly is NOT! (I’m convinced that soap operas learned drama from the Good Book!!) Some people tend to get so lost in the thus’, thou’s, and wherefore arts, that they just say “God knows my heart” and leave their Bibles on the nightstand to collect dust. Well what a lot of people don’t realize is that there are so many modern editions and resources that make the Bible so much more understandable, relatable, and interesting (yes, interesting!!) than it used to be in the past.
Here are 5 tips that will make you look forward to studying the Bible every day!
Get a Devotional
One of the hardest parts about reading the Bible is knowing where to start. When you’re a beginner to reading the Bible, a devotional is one of the best ways to start. If you don’t know what a devotional is, it’s basically a calendar of scriptures. Every day has its own scripture and a word of inspiration or encouragement for the day. I personally use the Jesus Calling Morning and Evening Devotional by Sarah Young, but there are an infinity of different devotionals for women, men, husbands, wives, singles, mothers, fathers, ect. Using a devotional helps you to make connections between the scriptures and how they fit into your everyday life until you are able to do that on your own. It’s also a good way to get daily direction for what scriptures to read. I often read the entire chapter of the verse for each day
(For example: If the day’s verse is Romans 8:28, I will read the whole 8th chapter of Romans.) Sometimes I end up getting so sucked into it that I have a hard time finding a stopping place!
Download a Bible App
Bible apps make every reason you’ve ever had for not reading the Bible sound completely and utterly ridiculous. These apps allow you to basically customize your own electronic Bible. Bible apps offer:
Reading plans– This is basically a daily scripture reading assignment that helps you to read through the Bible in a year. With some apps, each reading day comes with a short devotional as well. That’s a 2-in-1 already!
Scripture/ keyword search– This allows you to search scriptures by using certain words, topics, and phrases. So if you need scriptures on fear, just pop it in the search bar and you’ll have all of the scriptures on dealing with fear at your fingertips. Easy!!
Different Translations– Bible apps are also handy because they house all of the millions of Bible translations (no really millions, but there’s a lot of them). I would suggest trying out some of them and choosing your favorite one before buying a Bible in print (because they aren’t cheap!) To get you started, a few of my favorites are the New International Version (NIV), The Message bible (MSG), and the Amplified Bible (AMP).
Audio option – Most Bible apps have an audio option that will actually read the scriptures to you. Yes! It will do the reading for you! So multi-tasking, non-readers don’t have an excuse either! (Even though I don’t suggest multi-tasking while reading the Bible, especially when just starting out.)
The Bible wasn’t written from the minds of men; God was able to write it through them from their Spirits. So if you want to really understand it, you have to read it with your Spirit. I make it a habit to pray before I begin reading my Bible. I simply ask God to direct me in what He wants me to read and grant me the wisdom to understand it and the ability to hide it in my heart, even when my mind fails to remember it. Praying first opens my spiritual eyes to seeing things within the scriptures that I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. This amazes me EVERY…TIME when it happens and it makes me look forward to whatever secret will be