Do you like reading? What is your favorite book, then?
Faith aside, even for the unbelievers the bible must be one book you should try to read. If you want to approach and use it as a literary piece or textbook, in my opinion the bible is the most comprehensive book packed with all sorts of plot you can imagine-action, murder, drama, sex, friendship, betrayal. It is rich in history and futuristic references, too. The characters were dynamic, interesting and intriguing. Even if you are not a believer, the bible should be in the bucket list of your must read.
For us Christians, the bible is our”user manual”. I can’t imagine any believer not reading or meditating on it. Someone said that reading the bible cures insomnia. ( it was a joke we had back in Sunday School) funny but come to think of it, people actually fall asleep reading it hmm, anyway..
I have something to share (and I learned this as well) about how to enjoy our bible. There is no one right way to read the bible, but in my experience these work.
How to get the most out of your bible.
1. Set aside time.
Quiet time in the morning and devotion at night. Whatever time works for you, set aside a few minutes initially and gradually increase as you progress. Not to mention a spot where you can be comfortable but not conducive to sleeping. ( I avoid my husband’s chair because it makes me sleepy all the time).
2. Get rid of distractions.
In college , I could study and review for exams while playing music in the background. Some people find it useful and stimulating but if you are easily distracted, then you are better off without it. Turn off your TV as well, and put your gadgets away because although we have bible study apps on the computer, we get sidetracked by Fb, messages and other “fun stuff”.
3. Great things start from small beginnings.
Start with just one chapter a day and devise a plan. There are reading plans available online and you can use them as guide.
4. Cross reference.
In college, I had a subject called Research and Methods. We cross reference and use other materials to support claim, or verify historical facts, etc. Use a bible concordance to aid you as you read, learn the original language if you can, and read the chapter in context. Some people take bible verses out of context to twist and fit their agenda.
5. Pray-before and after.
Ask for wisdom and understanding before opening your bible. Be open minded and teachable. Pray after reading and thank God for the lesson learned.
If you ever need clarification or just general question, do not hesitate to ask a pastor, or your group leader or a friend who can offer fresh insight. Join a group and learn together. Utilize your FB network for resources and knowledge base,if you must. (Just practice discernment and sound judgment, avoid trolls.)
It’s now time to put what you read in practice. Remember, practice makes perfect.:)
If you have suggestions or ways that are helpful to you, please be a friend and share.
Have a blessed Monday, everyone.
*all photos were taken off google.