This may seem like a weird post, but I actually think it’s one that could be useful to alot of people out there. I struggled for so many years to just sit down and read my Bible. I found it incredibly difficult to concentrate on what I was reading for longer than 3 minutes. It’s only since the end of November of last year that I have been successfully reading my Bible daily and feeling as if I’m getting somewhere.
Don’t get me wrong, I did read my Bible before then. Some days I would read it and be able to walk away with some great wisdom – but those days were rare and hard to come by. Most of the time, I would get frustrated and walk away feeling stupid.
Talking to some of my friends and some girls in my youth group, I found that a suprisingly large amount of people are struggling with the same thing that I did. How do you read your Bible daily?
First of all, you need to come to the realisation that this is the Book of God. The Bible is the only book in the world that God has poured out all of His wisdom to. This is the front door to knowing God and learning about everything that He is and what He promises to us.
Listening to preaches on a Sunday morning and listening to Hillsong in the car will only get you so far. If you want to grow spirtually and strengthen your relationship with God, you need to delve into His Word yourself. You need to give Him the opportunity to speak to you and reveal Himself to you.
Next, forget everything you know about the Bible already. I think a lot of us carry around this pre-conception that the Bible is a massive book filled with words and phrases that we don’t understand and will never understand. Start again and find yourself a translation that you can relate to. I like to switch between NIV and the Message. I mainly read the NIV but when I come accross a phrase or word I’m not 100% sure about, I open the MSG Bible on my iPhone and compare the two translations. This helps a lot!
Don’t read the same book in the Bible every day. This is a mistake I made over and over again. I kept reading Matthew and that’s all I was reading, like ever. I have a schedule I follow.
On Monday I read Genesis.
On Tuesday I read Matthew.
On Wednesday I read Proverbs.
On Thursday I read John.
On Friday I read Isaiah.
On Saturday I read Romans.
On Sunday I read Psalms.
I read a minimum of one chapter from whatever book it is that day. If I have more time I read two, three or maybe even four chapters.
I write down key verses or anything I feel is important in my journal. If I get to a point when I have finished a book – for example, I finished Proverbs a few weeks ago – I then move onto another book, like Ecclesiastes. And slowly, I’m working my way through each book in the Bible.
Don’t be hard on yourself – if you’re sat reading a book one day and you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, don’t just give up entirely. Start again tomorrow with a fresh mind and attitude. Never underestimate what God can do when you simply pray for wisdom or clarity on a certain topic.
Also, Google (to an extent) is great. Sometimes I come across some stories that I can’t seem to get my head around, and other bloggers have done a brilliant job of breaking it all down word-to-word. Although, it’s super important that you don’t live on Google when you’re reading the Word. The internet (contrary to popular belief) doesn’t always know everything. Be careful not to fill your mind with false knowledge. Make sure everything relates back to the Bible.
I hope that this blog post helps you in your journey with God. I’m praying that whoever reads this will encounter Him in His word in a powerful way. That you’ll discover the beauty of who He is and the fullness of His majesty when you seek Him.