One of the toughest things for me, as a Christian, has always been to consistently read my Bible. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t want to, it was that I didn’t know where to begin.
I don’t know if you feel the same, but for me reading my Bible every day is ESSENTIAL to my personal and spiritual growth. It prepares me to stand up to a world that wants me to conform to its destructive patterns. Most importantly, it helps me become more familiar with God’s voice (John 10:27). Reading God’s word and knowing His voice is a vital part of learning how to live the way God wants us to live.
My friend Chris Nicely recently wrote a great blog on HOW to approach reading God’s word. It’s worth a read. In it, he agrees that the first step to reading God’s word is to know WHY you should.
When I asked my Facebook friends why they read their Bible daily, Rosalina from Long Beach quoted 2Timothy 3:16-17,
“All Scripture is God‑breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
My friend Fred Blattner said that the thing that what motivates him is his “need for spiritual nourishment”. My beautiful fiancée, Rina, also identified her daily reading as a form of “nourishment”, and went on to say, “When I don’t read I feel distant and weird…like I’m unprepared and out of WHACK!”
Knowing WHY we should read God’s word is important, but once we know WHY we read, the next question is, “WHERE do we start?”
On my journey to make reading my Bible a habit, I discovered that just opening the Bible and reading the first page I land on doesn’t really work. Reading aimlessly with no specific goal caused me to be, for lack of a better word, wishy-washy. I needed direction. I needed a PLAN. After doing a little searching, it turns out that there are MILLIONS (yep, I counted) of Bible reading plans out there, ready to help people like me find the direction they need.
I recently came across YouVersion.com‘s reading plan titled “Psalms and Proverbs“. This plan takes you through the book of Psalms twice, and the book of Proverbs twelve times in the course of one year. This plan works for me because I like to start and end my day with a Psalm and a chapter from Proverbs. This way I’m starting my day with God’s wisdom and encouragement, and I’m ending it the same way. With YouVersion’s Bible app for iPhone, I ALWAYS have my Bible and reading plan with me.
Fred noted that what helps him get started is a “Bible in a Year” reading plan. Rina likes to read the from the Old and New Testament daily. Her reason is that she likes to see the symbolic/theoretical along with the practical. Rina is also a big fan of Ruth, and whenever she needs encouragement she will turn to Psalms. I, like my gorgeous wife, also supplement my plans by choosing a specific book from the Old and New Testament. Currently I’m starting the book of Isaiah and the book of John, while Rina is reading through Lamentations and Hebrews.
I encourage you to get your daily dose of spiritual nourishment from God’s word. Stay CONSISTENT by finding a reading plan that works for you. Once you find it, watch how God blesses you on your spiritual journey. If you commit to seeking God in His word, I guarantee you will be blessed beyond your capacity to comprehend!
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