Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters,
Every Christian should have a goal of reading in their Bible daily. Psalm 119 the longest chapter in the Bible teaches the importance of the word of God in a person's life. Paul wrote encouraging Timothy “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17, NKJV). Basically every word from “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1) to “Amen” at the end of Revelation 22:21 is good for you. Sadly many Christians neglect to develop a habit of reading their Bible. So let me encourage you to pick up your Bible and read.
Here are a few tips that may help:
Get a plan. There are many reading plans available on the internet. Modern study Bibles have a reading plan in them. Many of these reading plans are organized so that some of the more exciting material is read with some of the more fundamental material. This helps keep your interest up while reading. If you need a plan, contact me.
Don’t try to read to much at one sitting. Just read an average of 15 minutes a day. This gives you less material to digest. Reading for an hour straight will make it hard to understand all the little sections you read. The Bible is not a novel to be consumed.
Don’t become discouraged when you don’t understand what you are reading. Many sections are not understandable until you have read other sections. Some sections you just won’t understand the first few times you read them. God has to make them click in your head. When you do not understand, ask God for help. He promised to give wisdom to all who ask steadfastly. Make a note of the passage and ask your Pastor or Sunday School teacher for help.
Don’t think you’ll understand it all. You will not understand anything before God wants you to. Some sections have more than one application in your life. So even if you think you understand, God can show you more. This is one reason why the Bible is called the living word. It seems the more I learn, the more I realize I need to study.
Get a friend to hold you accountable. It is helpful when you and a friend use the same plan. Then you can call on each other for help in understanding what you read.
Don’t quit if you miss a day, two or more. Pick up your plan and start where you left off. You are trying to build a new a habit.
Last but not least here are some basic questions to ask yourself as you read. “Is there a lesson to be learned? Is there a promise to be claimed? Is there a sin to avoid or repent of? Is there a truth to understand?”
May the Lord bless you as you pick up His Word.