The Bible. We know it’s life changing. We know it’s full of life. So surely we want to get as much as we can from it, right?
It’s not always easy, though, and sometimes we can find it such a dry experience.
Here are a few practical tips to get the most out of your Bible-reading time.
Ever gone for an extended period of time without food? It ain’t pretty. And the same goes for lacking in spiritual food - we suffer from it. Much as food provides strength and energy to your body, so the Word strengthens your faith.
It helps us to focus on God and the mission He gave us, free us from our burdens, and bring us closer to God as we get to know Him more.
We can learn and benefit from the Bible in a variety of ways, depending on how we approach it. Here are a few ideas:
· Read large chunks of Scripture in one sitting. It gives a great overview of the text, making the overarching narrative or message clearer.
· Memorise Scripture. Whether it’s one or multiple verses, this really helps in daily life. When struggling, you can say, ‘I am more than a conqueror through Him who loved me’ (Romans 8:37). When you’re stressed out or feeling weak, you can remind yourself that ‘The joy of the LORD is my strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10).
· Read Scripture together. In doing so, you can discuss a passage together to dig out greater meaning.
For all our traditions and customs, Christianity is ultimately relational. Everything revolves around God and His constant pursuit of humanity. Whilst intellectual study is valuable and enhances our understanding of the Bible, the Good Book should ultimately lead us to grow closer to God. So when you read, involve your heart as well as your mind. Lament with the Psalmist, rejoice in the midst of your sufferings with an imprisoned Paul, and connect with God through His Word. #DigDeep
Other Useful Tools:
Audio Bibles (Free Download) - http://www.bible.is/download/audio
Daily Devotionals (Mail Order For Free) - http://www.ucb.co.uk/wordforyou