Is a Bible reading plan one of your priorities this year?
I hope So!
With that said I know sometimes what you can sometimes feel so distant and unrelatable.
I want to share in the next couple of posts some ways that you can add some “flavor” to your daily bible reading.
Four things you can do to add some “flavor’ to your Bible reading
Read through a book at a time
Devotional or quiet times reading plans that use individual texts are not bad. I think it is actually a good way to see what the bible says about a specific topic at different times and through different people.
But reading through the whole books at a time has several advantages as well. And this is my preferred method.
So first off, when the books of the bible were written they were written with the intent that someone else would read them.
And so we can assume that they would have been intentional about making the scriptures readable and follow a certain thought process.
This is a big benefit to reading through a book at a time. It helps you to walk through the thought process the writer had in mind. The scripture writers were very intentional.
The scripture writers were very intentional. Whether it was for encouragement, correction, guidance, teaching, giving evidence, or passing along history, the writers had a thought process they went through as they wrote down the words we now have in scripture.
Circle or underline words that standout
Yes, it’s okay to write in your bible.
Circling words that stand out is a great way to acknowledge how God is speaking to you. Underlining or circling gives you a visual of words that show action or are maybe just speaking to you where you are at.
This also gives you a minute to stop and pray about what you just read without losing track of where you were reading.
Use Bible commentaries.
Some might argue that you shouldn’t use commentaries because it is just someone else’s words.
Well, I would argue that this is just pride.
Yes, you should probably be careful about some commentaries.
But to not use a commentary because it is someone else’s words implies that:
- You don’t think God could have spoken to someone else.
- There is no need to seek counsel from those who are wiser or more experienced.
- You have it all figured and don’t need anyone else’s input.
- Men and women who have spent their lives seeking God in extraordinary ways have nothing valuable to say.
Yes, be cautious when you come across something in a commentary that you are not sure of. Take and reference it with other commentaries or speak with your local pastor about it.
But don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn rich insights from some very godly people. Click HERE to check out this great free online commentary that I use regularly.
If you haven’t already, click HERE to check out my post on how to easily see your bible reading progress. (There’s a free download as well!)