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How To Get Something Out Of Your Bible Every Time You Read It
by Greg Baker
3/09/2010 / Christian Living
Reading your Bible doesn't have to be a duty. It can be fun, enjoyable, and incredibly relevant in your daily life. Even for the majority of Christians who do read their Bible on a daily basis, they do so out of a sense of duty to either God, or a sermon, or whatnot. In many cases, they get nothing out of their Bible reading. This can very easily be changed.
To begin with, reading your Bible and getting something out of it is not the same thing as studying your Bible. The in depth study of the Scriptures requires much more time and energy. But in reading your Bible, to get something out of it to help you today is actually not a very difficult thing.
When you read your Bible keep in mind what you are trying to accomplish. The goal ought to be to get something out of the Bible for today. I recommend reading your Bible early in the morning. Some may feel they cannot do so due to schedule or habits. But morning is still the best time. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So too, reading your Bible in the morning is probably the best time of the day.
Psalms 63:1 - O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Proverbs 8:17 - I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Either way, however, your goal is to get something for each day. You want something that will, in some way, help you today.
READ FOR QUALITY NOT QUANTITY
For some reason, most people get it into their heads that they must read a certain amount of their Bible each day in order to be spiritual. This is simply not true. The best way to read your Bible is to read until something jumps out and succeeds in arresting your interest. And then you stop reading.
This is what you are looking for. Once you find something that intrigues youstop! Don't read any further yet. That may very well be the verse or passage that God meant for you to day.
So many people pass over something that God intended for them because they are too intent on reading so many chapters a day or so many pages. If the very first verse you read intrigues you, then stop reading. Focus on that verse or passage.
MEDITATE ON VERSE OR PASSAGE THAT INTERESTS YOU
Interestingly enough, there is not a single reference in the Bible that says you should read the Bible. Instead, the Scriptures teach us to meditate on what we read. Notice the following passages:
Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Psalms 1:2-3 - But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalms 77:12 - I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
Psalms 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:15 - I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
It is the meditation on the Word of God that brings the Bible alive to you. Without this mediation, you'll struggle seeing the relevance of the Scriptures in your life.
From here, you can do several things. Write down the verse or passage that has succeeded in griping your attention and carry it with you throughout the day so you can refer to it often. Think about it. Maybe cross reference the passage to see what else the Bible may say about this subject or idea. But always keep that one verse or passage at the center of your thoughts.
You'll certainly want to make sure you have read the passage in context, so I recommend reading the verses before and after to familiarize yourself with the overall theme and background. You might even want to do a bit of study on the historical background of the passage as well.
Armed with this information about the passage that intrigues you, attempt to think about it throughout the day. Pray about it. Talk to God about the verse or passage that has interested you.
LOOK FOR THE RELEVANCE OF THE PASSAGE DURING THE DAY
As you go about your daily living, look for the relevance of the verse or passage to be verified in your life somehow. I guarantee that if you are looking for it, you'll find it.
Matthew 7:7 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
It is incredibly exciting to see that the Bible is real and alive. But you'll miss it if you only read and then go about your day without the thoughtful meditation on His Word that God requires.
You don't have to read a lot of Bible for the Bible to become real to you. If you do this, you will get more out of your Bible than most Christians who merely read the Word, but don't meditate on it. Each day, God will demonstrate the power and relevancy of His Word to you as you think on and meditate on what He gave you that morning in your reading.
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