The words of the Bible are, God in print. If you struggle with reading your Bible you are not alone. Most Christians struggle to read their Bible- the very manual that should be our daily guide. Statistics show that most people professing faith in Jesus have never completely read their Bible. Many people start reading the Bible but then become overwhelmed by the number of chapters (1,189) and verses (31,102) there are.
So, what can we do to read our bible more consistently and effectively so we can get to know the mind of God for us?
1. Find the translation/version that suits you. If you find it a challenge to understand the King James Version (KJV) particularly if you are just starting out then explore other versions. If you are bilingual and have a prefered languange to read in t hen use that translations if it is available.
2. Planning your bible reading. Firstly, have a plan to guide you as to what chapters to read etc. Lastly, plan your reading in a time when you are less likely to be distracted or disturbed.
3. Read thematically. If you find that you have an interest in a particular theme then read it to start with, that is perfectly fine as long as you reading. What does this look like? You might like to know more about love for eg. then search the verses on love and read them. From there other topics might interest you.
4. Read by characters. I love to read about God the Father, so I read the Old Testament a lot. If you want to know about King David for eg. then again search the scriptures related to him and read about him.
5. Read chronically. This is reading in the order that events happens in the bible.
6. Book order– That is from Genesis to Revelations.
7. Read by Testaments. I can’t help myself I find that I read the Old Testament a lot. This is not to say I don’t read The New Testament.
8. Read by the fromat that suits you, print or e-format. I read on my phone sometimes with the app called Bible on the Go . When I read by printed format I use NIV version by Biblica. Use what works for you. Again the most important thing is that you are reading.
9. Read in groups. I find that this gets me focus and even encourages me to read ahead so I can contribute meanifully to any discussions. So that is double reading which is great for everyone.
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So don’t ever feel guilty again if you struggle to read your bible. Just find what works for you. Remember, the most important thing is that you are reading it.
Are you a consistent bible reader? What does yoru bible reading plan looks like.
I would love to hear from you.
The blessings of God are yours forever.
Kerrian N. Adebanjo