Do you read your Bible every day? Answer honestly. There is no judgment here. For many years in my Christian walk, I did not read my Bible. I might have even been in my early 30s when I started. But I can tell you that my life looks a lot better now than it did back then. So I truly believe that reading the Bible every day can change your life in an amazing way. Here are some tips that I have learned along the way that have helped me.
- My goal is still to read at least one chapter a day. Some people like to read the whole Bible in a year. And that’s great if that’s you. But make sure you’re actually absorbing what you read. This should not be seen as some sort of badge or medal of honor.
- Sometimes when I read my Bible, my mind starts to wander. I honestly think this is one of the devil’s trick. So when I am done reading I ask myself what I just read. If I can’t summarize it, then I will go back and re-read it.
- I personally enjoy using a devotional Bible. There are tons of these out there. Many well known pastors have them (Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyers, etc). And you can also find ones that are geared towards certain people (men, women, teens, etc). They usually have a devotional thought to go with a particular verse. This helps make particular verses more relevant for the things that we go through today. Currently I am reading Everyday Matters Bible for Women and I am enjoying it a lot.
- Having a good study Bible is also great. Oftentimes you can get a devotional Bible and study Bible in one. A study helps you dig deeper into things that were relevant back during Bible times. It gives you insight on things that are hard to grasp. And it answers many of the who, what, where, and why type of questions. The Life Applications Study Bible is a popular one.
- Many people say that the Bible is hard to understand. I honestly believe this is another one of the enemy’s tricks. But it is also helpful to find a translation that you like. NIV (New International Version) is very popular, and it is pretty straight-forward. I prefer NLT (New Living Translation). It is really easy to understand. Another good one is the Amplified Bible. This one adds extra words in brackets so that you get a deeper understanding of each word, kind of like a tag-along thesaurus.
- If you never read the Bible before, then you might start in the New Testament. The book of John is one of my favorites. I have gone through seasons of reading John over and over. But I do think it’s best to read the entire Bible eventually. In the beginning, I was hesitant to read the Old Testament. But once I finally did, it revealed so much to me. It ties all the pieces together when you read the entire Bible.
- And on that note, another thing to keep in mind, is that the traditional Bible is not in chronological order. Generally it is. The things in the Old Testament did happen before the things in the New Testament. But some of the text within each of those might be out of order. So they do also have some Chronological Bibles.
- A Bible concordance is like a dictionary. It helps define different words in the Bible. Many Bibles have one included in the back. And you can also buy some separately.
- Having a Commentary can be helpful. A commentary adds extra insight on each verse. This is often found in a separate book. I like Matthew Henry’s because my mother-in-law gifted it to me! But there are a lot of other great ones out there.
- If spending that extra money is an issue, there are some handy websites, such as Bible Hub, which have links to various commentaries on the verse that you want to look up.
- If you are just starting out (or if you are looking for something different) then you might want to browse a book store so that you can look at different Bibles and see which one you really like best.
- Sometimes it can be fun and helpful to do a Bible Study. If you go to Amazon you can find a bunch of them. Denise Hughes Word Writers is a popular way to go. Beth Moore also has many available. Or you can go to the She Reads Truth / He Reads Truth website. They always have a study going. And this is something you can do with other people, if you prefer. The material is always worrying digging into.
- Find what works for you. But it shouldn’t be overwhelming! That is important!
- And one final note – say a prayer before you read each day. It can be very simple, such as, “Lord, please open my eyes to a deeper understanding as I read your Word.”
I hope this has helped. If you have tips of your own, please share!
And remember – Every day is a gift! 🙂