How To Read The Bible More Effectively
In my last post, I talked about three things you can do to help you live a more focused life. The first thing I mentioned was reading the Bible every day. I thought in this post, I would give everybody some things that has helped me down through the years with Bible reading and study.
I know there are many Christians who attend a church from time to time, but who never pick up the Bible and read it. If you are a person who does that, you are missing out. There is no way you can find God’s direction for your life without knowledge of the truths in the Bible.
Some of you are going to say that you don’t have time to read. I have found out that I don’t need to miss my time in God’s word. I have become convinced there is more to this life than just sliding through life barely getting by. the only way to be truly successful in life is to find your place and direction for living from the Bible.
Let me give you some ideas of mine that will help you as you begin to read your Bible each day as part of your plan to find direction or focus for your life.
1. Pick up your Bible and read it! I know that seems redundant, but read it! You can’t learn these truths by osmosis.
2. Schedule a definite time each day to read, preferably the same time each day. If you have to schedule it into your calendar or planner do it. Whatever you have to do to get the habit of reading the Bible daily started.
3. Pray before you begin reading. Ask God to open your mind to see the truths found in His Word.
4. Meditate, or think about what you are reading. Engage your mind into the process.
5. Keep a journal in which you write down the reference for that day and some of the things you observed out of the passage you read.
6. Keep it simple at the beginning. Don’t think you have to read a chapter or more each day. Sometimes I just read a small section of a chapter or some days even one verse.
7. Review what you have read several times during the day. Meditate on what you have read.
If you have never been a daily Bible reader and you don’t know where to start, let me give you some suggestions. If you need some thing practical and down to earth, try the book of James. If you want to learn more about the life of Jesus try Luke or John. If you are looking for practical advise for life, try the book of Proverbs. In fact, one thing I like to do in Proverbs is when we start a month that has 31 days in it, I like to read a chapter in Proverbs everyday.
That gives you a few suggestions on how to read the Bible. I’m certain there are many other suggestions that others may have.
What are some suggestions you may have for reading the Bible more effectively? Share them in the comments below.