“I want to read the Bible, but I just can’t understand it.” “I want to read the Bible, but it’s just too boring.” “I want to read the Bible, but I just don’t seem to have the time.” Do these sound familiar to you? Let me tell you a story that might help you in this struggle.
When I was in fourth grade, my Dad and Mom bought me a comic book Bible called The Picture Bible. I loved that thing! It told the whole story of scripture and because it was in comic book form, I could understand it and it was really interesting. I read it cover-to-cover multiple times. After reading it, I really understood the overall story of Scripture, and when I started to read the Bible, I had the basic picture of what was going on and could understand the context of what I was reading. Through it, I saw the drama of God’s merciful love pursuing His people so scripture now held a fascinating interest for me.
As I grew up, I heard a lot of different preachers and teachers talk about different ways of reading the Bible, and I fell under the impression that I needed to read the whole Bible every year. This was not healthy for me. I was so driven to finish the Bible each year, that I couldn’t be still and really listen to the Father’s voice while reading. Over time, I was introduced to other methods of reading the Bible. While all of them were valuable in various ways, the one that made the biggest difference was simply taking a small section of scripture and reading it slowly—multiple times—and letting it wash over me while expectantly listening for what the Father wanted to say. I realized through this experience how easy it had been to read the Bible without ever really expecting a conversational relationship with the Father.
From my experience, here are three simple suggestions that could help you read the Bible in a life-giving way!
2. Read in a spirit of faith—this book really is true!
3. Don’t worry about reading the whole Bible every year. If you can, that’s great! Prioritize being still and listening to God through Scripture over how much you read.