August 5, 2011
I frequently hear from others that they just don’t know where to start to study the bible. It is such a big book and when you are not familiar with it or how or why it is laid out, it can be very daunting.
Here are some tips that I have used in times past to learn to study the bible.
1 Before you begin any reading of the Word, find a quiet calm place. Be still and you will begin to know God. Ask Him with all sincerity to show you the true meaning behind what you read and how it applies to you.
Don’t try to force understanding, but allow Him to show you and unfold the meaning out to you. If you are having difficulty understanding a certain portion, just keep reading and soon there will be a portion that will stand out to you.
2 Let me encourage you to get a Daily Bible that is broken down into 365 sections, one for each day. This is such an easy way to start reading and develop a habit of reading. Get one in a translation, like New American Standard, that is easily readable.
With these bibles you do not need to start at January 1. You can just pick it up and whatever day it is, just open to that date and begin reading. There will be an Old Testament portion and a New Testament portion.
If you still can’t get in the frame of mind to read that much at a time, read only the New Testament portion in the beginning. When you arrive at January 1, start reading both the Old and New.
3 Get over the phobia of marking in your bible. Get a thin-line highlighter and an ink pen. As you read the portion for that day. Read it slowly and think about what you are reading. It may seem out of date and irrelevant to your life today, but God has a way of providing a nugget just for you when you least expect it.
When He does, underline it and make notes about your impressions. I also even use sticky notes to make lengthier notes.