I dont know if you’re like me or not, but I have very big ambitions to read the bible through in completion. Over the years I’ve tried many different study guides….tried to read the bible in a year, etc.
Even recently I started a new type of study guide in order to read the bible through in a year…I got to March before it all started going pear-shaped on me. I find that I just don’t have the discipline to stick with it day in, day out.
That said, I have a real heart for the word of God and I desire to get more and more out of it as I read. I pray before I start, asking the Holy Spirit (who inspired the word to be written) to give me wisdom to understand what I’m about to read…I really do desire more and more understanding of the word.
I recently tweeted, asking for hints and tips on studying the word more and better…hints, tips and advice DID NOT come in large quantity. However, what did hit my inbox was a link to a Rob Frost blog post. In this, he described an event in his life where he started to meet with a friend and they just read the word.
His friend would read the bible through about 3 or 4 times a year. That’s right…read the entire bible through 3 or 4 times a year!
This hit me like a truck…”read the word, just for the sake of reading the word” Nothing more, nothing less. Just read the word.
I guess I just wanted to encourage you and say that if, like me, you’re struggling with reading the word in a sustainable format then…just read it. Read it like you would read a novel, read it for the flow. I’ve started doing this last night, and am at Genesis 7 (I was in bed and tired!!!). I’ll keep you updated as I go, but how about you try it and let me know how you’re getting on.
My hope is that through reading the word in this way (as well as formal study) then I’ll get to know Jesus in a deeper and more meaningful way.
…I hope you do too!