When you read the Bible, it reads you, too.
Reading the Bible doesn’t have to be a religious task, although sometimes it feels like it. Leviticus and Chronicles can get boring, the Prophecy books seem a little out there, and some epistles are hard to understand! Yet, it’s essential to know what the Word says despite how we feel. The Bible is a way for us to get to know God and ourselves.
For the longest time, I struggled with feeling guilty for skipping a day or two or even a week. I felt like I had to make up time. I would double up in prayer and read a few extra chapters, just in case. Thankfully, I’ve realized (with Holy Spirit’s help) this isn’t right. It isn’t about how much or how often we read, it’s about what happens through reading it.
There are tools and resources available to us that can make your Bible reading more interesting. Not only so but also more understandable and, in books like Leviticus, more insightful. There is so much to discover! With the help of Holy Spirit and prayer, we can unearth revelations that will ground you deeper in Christ!
Here are five ways to make your Bible reading interesting!
- Study tools – Blue Letter Bible, Hebrew & Greek Lexicons, dictionaries, Jewish Translations and Commentaries, Strong’s Concordance, etc. Along with the Bible and the Holy Spirit, these resources can help deepen your Bible study and widen your understanding of historical timelines, cultures, geography, concepts, and contexts!
- Bible reading plan – Make it interesting for you. I don’t always keep a plan, but when I do, I am more consistent in reading. You can read through the Bible in a year or change it up on a weekly basis. See my reading plan below.
- Journaling – Write your questions, comments, and connections in a notebook and then revisit your notes in a few weeks. Sometimes I doodle and draw things out to better understand a verse or chapter. I also write IN MY BIBLE. This helps me remember the locations of specific passages and memorable verses.
- Talk about it – with your friends, siblings, parents, spouse, and coworkers. Talk about what you’re reading right now and your revelations. This will challenge you to really KNOW the truth and stand firm in what you believe. Holy Spirit will guide you!
- Sing it – I’ve memorized a lot of scripture by putting it into songs. Psalms are relatively easy since they’re already poetic, you can start there. All you need is 3-4 chords, and you’ve got the music. (sing the scriptures)
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.Joshua 1:8
Bible Reading Plan:
- Old Testament: 1-2 chapters per week.
- Poetry books: 1-2 chapters every other day.
- Proverbs: One chapter every day per month. (Easy to track!)
- New Testament: 1-2 chapters per week.