How Do I Read the Bible?


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Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions….Now give me the sense to follow your commands...May I be blameless in keeping your decrees; then I will never be ashamed.

- ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:18, 73b, 80

We all know it’s important to read your Bible. But it’s intimidating isn’t it? I know it was for me. It wasn’t until I went through a traumatic season in my life that I finally understood the importance of understanding Scripture, and not just reading my Bible to be a good Christian girl and check it off my list for the day.

So, how do you do it? How do you read, and understand, your Bible? Well, there’s lots of resources out there on ways to study, highlight, and theologically understand it. But I say you only need three things to read and understand your Bible - an open heart, an open mind, and the Holy Spirit.

I’ll walk you through the steps I take when I spend time with God these days, though there are lots of ways you can do this. First, I pray a Scripturally-based prayer from Psalms 119 asking the Lord to open my heart and mind to understand His Word and what He needs me to learn about Him today. Then I underline, circle, highlight (in whatever color I choose) what sticks out to me. While this may seem chaotic for some, it works for me. Otherwise, if I’m trying to stick to a certain method I’ll focus on that more than what I’m gleaning.

Now, I’d like to focus on what I said about learning about Him each day. This is something I had to come to terms with when studying Scripture. God has taught me that it isn’t about me, and what I can take from Scripture (although sometimes I make it seem that way) but rather about Him and His goodness and grace. The Bible is how we learn who Our Heavenly Father is. Yes, it’s there to guide us, but more importantly it’s there to help us get to know God and have that personal relationship with Him.

So friend, if you are scared, hesitant, or intimidated by studying Scripture - please don’t be. God will give you the right amount of wisdom and understanding you need to read your Bible. Dive in today, and just ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. And if you are struggling to understand something, it’s okay to ask a friend in Christ, or use a theologically sound website, or even change your translation! There is no shame in any of it because God knows your heart and knows how you yearn to get to know Him.

Reflection

1. Do you have a study routine? Is there a way you can enhance your time with God? And if not, how can you create one for yourself?

2. What is one way you can make more room in your schedule for reading your Bible?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we come to You today with an open heart and mind. Help us behold wondrous things from Your Word. Give us understanding to learn Your commandments and let our hearts be sound in Your Word so we won’t be ashamed. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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