I acquired a love for reading at a young age. I could pick up a new book, hide in my room for a whole afternoon and have it finished by bedtime. This wasn’t the case when it came to the Bible. When I was about 14 years old I convinced myself that I would be able to read the Bible daily and read the whole thing cover to cover. And that NEVER happened. I have failed reading the Bible daily countless times. I would run into books of the Bible that were very, very, very hard to comprehend or even stay conscious reading. Leviticus anyone?
I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve had friends tell me that they would love to read the whole Bible or even read it daily but……
- They are too busy.
- It’s confusing.
- It’s boring
- They don’t know where to start.
Excuse alert! Excuse alert!
Believe me, I was right there with ya. Life does get busy, it is confusing, it can be a tad bit dry and finding the right place to begin is hard. Guess what?!? It is possible. I’m about to complete reading the whole Bible in a year and you can totally do this to. I achieved this goal with the help of God and taking it one day at a time. Reading your Bible daily builds your relationship with God and it can change your life.
Pray, pray, prayyyy, prayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy my friends. The first step before jumping into God’s Word is to ask him for help. Every day before I dive into the Word I pray that God would grant me guidance through my reading. This is what got me going and kept me going. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
2. Pick a Time, any time
So you’re busy? Please show me a human being who isn’t. I use to use this excuse for not reading daily because well I’m an excuse maker. I would go three or four days straight of reading and then “life got in the way.” Then I would just stop completely. It wasn’t until I actually carved out time in my day that I started to succeed and grow. It’s about priorities.
I prefer to read a chapter right before work, a chapter on my lunch break and then again before I go to bed. I’m not saying you have to do this exact thing but find a quiet time in your day, no interruptions, and be consistent.
3. Apps and Aids
Isn’t technology great? You can order pizza and read the Bible on your phone. Nifty. I cannot recommend The Bible App enough. I knew reading from Genesis to Revelations hadn’t worked for me in the past so I tried the OWNit365 Bible Plan. It mixes Old Testament, Wisdom books and New Testament all into an easy read. You can find the plan on their website here or find it on The Bible App here. It worked for me and I actually know people it also worked for. Try it!
Ask a friend, family member or church member to read along with you. You can help keep each other accountable.
4. Take it slow
Listen, no one says you have to read the entire Bible in a year. It is possible, yes, but if the thought of taking on God’s Word all at once is overwhelming start small. Start with reading a verse a day. Once you’re comfortable with that move to a chapter. Everyone learns and grows at their own pace.
This is not a race. Take your time and actually absorb what you’re reading. Mediate on it. Write down verses that stick out to you. There is not a prize for the fastest Bible reader.
I hope these tips are somewhat helpful. Reading God’s Word is such an amazing experience. I have grown spiritually more and more each time I sit down to read. I pray that you do to.