The purpose of this article is to provide advice that can improve the reading of the Bible in 2022. Oh, it’s a treasure chest of spiritual wealth that God has put at our fingertips! May the Word be sweeter than honey and more precious than gold.
Here are seven tips to help you read the Bible this year.
Tip # 1: Reading the Bible Like any other book My first suggestion is to accept what I call “a better way to read the Bible.” Simply put, a better way to read the Bible is to read it like any other book. That means we read everything. Think of the last time you read a book that you really enjoyed and greatly benefited from. Did you read it all or only part of it? Did you read only a few sections, or did you read from start to finish? It’s a matter of course, but the best way to truly understand a book is to read the whole book.
Tip # 2: Reading the Bible Like Other Books My second suggestion is to pray before, while, and after reading the Bible. This is one of my favorite Bible reading prayers. “Open your eyes so that you can see the wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119: 18). The word “law” may mean “guidance” or “education.” The Word of God, unlike other books, contains the teachings and teachings of God. The Bible should be read like any other book, but since there is no other book like the Bible, it should be read like any other book. It is the only book written by God and needs God’s supernatural help to understand it.
Tip 3: Get the big picture When reading the Bible, always keep in mind that Jen Wilkin briefly states, “The Bible is a book about God.” I interpret this as meaning that the Bible is about the Lord or the Lord about God. It’s his autobiography. Only a few years ago, this was a new idea for me and it was a pill that was difficult to swallow, so I know it can be surprising to some. But like life itself, the Bible is not primarily about us. Of course, we are there too. The Bible says a lot about you and me. But we are not the focus. God is. So, every time you read the Bible, ask the question, “What does this passage teach about God (father, son, spirit)?” Then ask, “What is my reaction to this teaching about God?”
Tip 4: Write down your thoughts Write down the answers to the two questions in Tip 3. Maintain a Bible reading journal. This doesn’t have to be flashy. Record your thoughts in a word processor document or spiral notebook. I always learn and hold more when interacting with the material I’m reading. Don’t just read and pray. As much as possible: read, pray, write. Even better: pray, read, pray, write, and pray.
Tip # 5: Promise to read the entire Bible (or at least the New Testament) Yes, I go back to Tip # 1-The best way to understand a book is to read it all. There are many resources to help you do this. A Bible reading plan is a good place to start, so search online to find what you like. Then … do your best! It is accomplished by the grace of God and to the glory of God.
This is how I have been working on the task of reading the entire Bible. For several years, I read the entire New Testament in a year. This can be done by reading one chapter a day, five days a week. Then, every few years, I read both the Old Testament and the New Testament in a year. This is the way I’ve done it for the last 15 years and it worked for me.
If you are new to the Bible, or if reading the entire book seems too scary now, why not start with the New Testament? However, in the end, you will want to read both testaments. Reading and understanding the Old Testament will take your understanding of the New Testament to a new level. And when did you last read only the last 25% of the book?
Tip # 6: Get Help to Understand What You Read Take advantage of many great resources that can help you understand the Bible, no matter how you read it. God has given many gifts to the church. One of those gifts is a knowledgeable Bible teacher who has studied the Bible for years so that it can help God’s people understand the Bible.