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Do you ever find yourself unsure of who to believe when they say they’re “right” about scripture? Many people do, and one of the best ways to counteract this kind of confusion is to do your own Bible reading every day. In not reading the Word for yourself, you may be allowing yourself to be tossed about in the wind (James 1:6).
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” – Philippians 2:12-13
Scripture says we need to “work out [our] own salvation” and the best way to do that is to know the Word inside and out, using it as a guide for life. So, how can we start reading the Bible every day in such a busy world? Here are some tips:
Create a Morning Routine
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35
Mornings can be one of the most difficult times of day for some people. Rolling out of bed, throwing back some coffee, and getting out the door is sometimes all you can manage. But the Bible encourages us to be disciplined, not letting ourselves go to and fro in our days, and reading the Bible can help ground us each and every day. Studies show that creating a morning routine can have an incredible impact on your daily life, so try creating a routine of getting up just fifteen minutes earlier so you have time to read a chapter or two.
If the morning is too hectic, consider taking a break during your day at some other time. Schedule it on your calendar for every day and commit to taking the time to read a portion of the Bible at that time each day.
If you’d rather read on a device, there are many ways to do that as well. Sign up for a text message or email Scripture reading plan, and take time to center yourself in God’s Word.
Read it in Small, Bite-Sized Parts
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16:10
It can be really overwhelming to try to read the Bible. There’s a lot of information there! But if you read it in small bites—say a chapter at a time—before you know it you will have read the whole Bible.
Follow a Devotional
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Knowing where to start in the Bible can be one of the most daunting parts. Why not follow a devotional or reading plan that has already been laid out? It will help you get started, as well as gain insights about the Word that you may not have thought about before.
There are many ways to work Bible reading into your day. These are just some tips you can follow to get started.
For more ideas about daily readings and devotionals, check out our reading plans.
Find one of these plans that fits your lifestyle so that you can get into the Word on a regular basis. With easy-to-follow prompts, you’ll find yourself wondering why it took you so long to get started!
Go enjoy God’s Word!
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Devotional written by Biblica staff member, Dena Williams. Dena is a writer, filmmaker, and lover of God. She enjoys good conversation, tea, and her beagle, Maisy. For the last ten years she has been reaching people through the arts for Christ to show them how beautifully made they truly are.