Do you know why it’s so important to be in the Bible? It’s not so you can check it off a list. It’s not so you don’t feel guilty. It’s not so you’ll be a “good Christian.”
It’s so you can meet God!
The primary way God reveals Himself is through His Word, and even when He reveals Himself in other ways, His actions will always be consistent with what we know in the Bible. This is why it’s so important for us to know the Bible and be in it daily!
It can be tough to make time; I understand. But the Word is the single most influential part of our days, and we need to be in it. Here are 10 ideas to get you in the Word even when you’re crunched for time.
- Start a reading plan for more structure. If you consistently don’t know where to read, start a plan! Biblegateway.com has great plans, and your Bible may even have some in the back. Don’t make a habit of randomly flipping through the Word. Have focused study so you can get the most out of it!
- Write out a passage in your own words. This isn’t something to do all the time, but it can be very helpful when studying a passage. Rewrite it the way you would say it in your mind. Think about what the concepts mean and what they tell you about God.
- Do a deep study time with a commentary. My favorite commentary series is the NIV Application Commentary series. These books will go deeper into those tough passages you find harder to understand. You may find commentaries in your church library or your pastor can recommend some!
- Follow all the cross references for a selected passage. Those verse references between the columns in your Bible or at the bottom of the page are called cross references. Follow them out to learn more about the context of the passage you’re in and where else in the Bible this concept was shared.
- Listen to the Bible on audio. I love to listen to the Bible on audio while working or driving. The YouVersion app has multiple versions—you can do reading plans and listen on audio.
- Meet a friend for coffee to discuss what you’ve been reading. The Christian life is meant to be lived in community. This is a fantastic way to do it! Decide on a passage to read and then meet up with a friend to discuss.
- Study a book of the Bible you’ve never read before. Been avoiding Habakkuk? Grab a commentary or go online to learn more about the historical context. Then take a week to read through and study the book. The Bible is meant to be studied, not just read!
- Pick one verse to write out and carry with you. Memorize throughout the day. I used to keep a flip book of verses in my car, and even taped a verse to my steering wheel to remind me of truth during the day. You can also write the first letter of each word in the verse on your hand; this helps with memorization. The Read Scripture app is great for memorization, too.
- Use the SOAP method. SOAP stands for scripture, observation, application and prayer. This is a simple acronym for Bible study, and very effective! Read the passage, observe what’s going on (ask the five W’s and an H: who, what, when, where, why and how), ask yourself “How does this change how I live?” and then take time for prayer.
- If you’re struggling, ask: “Who is God in this passage?” This simple question always reframes my study time and gets me focused on the Lord. Who is He? Am I following Him well?
Pick one of these to try today and feel free to share on Project Inspired’s Facebook page; with me, Phylicia; or in the comments!