Well, just two more days guys and we start on the 2014 reading plan. I hope I’ve been helping to get your heart and mind prepared with the scripture and functional information I’ve provided over the past few days. Today I want to address the good practices when it comes to daily Bible reading. First, however, let’s look at why it is so important to meditate on God’s Word day and night.
Psalm 1:1-3 ESV
“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.”
Do you think you might benefit from daily Bible reading? I think you might. So what are some good practices when it comes to daily Bible reading? Let me share with you some thought based on my years of experience.
1) Try to determine a set time and place to do your daily reading. You make time for what is important to you and if you don’t schedule time to read your Bible everything else will take priority. When this happens, even if you manage to squeeze your Bible reading in, you may be exhausted and therefore unreceptive when you finally do. I’ll admit to you that while I have a set place where I read every day, I often have to slide my reading time around based on what is happening in my life. Even so, I get less out of my reading when I’m not making my reading a priority.
2) When you get behind, don’t give up. This assumes you will get behind but most people do. Don’t quit. You have two choices here; you can try to get caught up by reading several days passages at a time. Most folks do this when they have set a goal of reading through the entire Bible in one year. While I view that as an admirable goal, doing so can turn your Bible reading into nothing more than a chore that you rush through rather than a spiritual banquet you savor and enjoy. I suggest you take the second option which is to just pick up where you are. If it’s Friday and you missed Monday through Thursday, just read the passage for Friday. You messed up. You didn’t read as you intended. Make the changes you need to in order to ensure you’ll do better going forward and then move forward.
3) Before you read, clear you mind. Kneel in prayer before God. Ask Him to clear your mind of all distractions, and to open your mind to what it is He wants you to learn from Him in your time together. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!! You will gain nothing from your reading if your head and heart are not in the right place. Don’t waste your time. Begin with prayer!
4) Read the day’s passage(s) determined to find what God has to say to you. Don’t just read to check off one of your chores. Look for where God is touching your heart with His Word. I discovered after starting this blog that I got more out of my Bible reading when I planned to write something about what I read that day. I’d like to suggest the same procedure to you. Take a notebook or open a word processor on your computer and write down something about what God said to you through that day’s reading. If you do this you’ll find yourself growing even more throughout the year.
I could go on I guess but I feel those are the basics. We are beginning what can be an incredible journey if you’ll approach it the right way. Grab this opportunity for all it’s worth.