Hello, friends! I wanted to come to you today with a topic that has been on my heart a lot recently. If you don’t already know, the way I really find inspiration for these blog posts is what is going on in my life and what I’m finding interesting at the moment, and right now, it seems like everywhere I go I’m learning about the Bible, its importance in our daily lives, and why it is so precious to us as Christians. So basically, I couldn’t ignore that this was supposed to be the topic for this post!
To be completely honest with you, I haven’t always made reading the Bible a priority. Like a lot of things, I’ve gone through phases of reading it daily, and phases of feeling guilty whenever I see my Bible lying on my nightstand because I’m not giving it the time I should. The one thing I knew was that I was supposed to be reading it, but maybe I wasn’t quite sure of all the reasons. That’s hopefully what I’ll explain today. 🙂
First of all, the Bible is the Word of God. Straight from Him, through men, to us. Just the fact that the Bible has made its way from being written so many years ago, to us today, and that it has remained perfect and intact, honestly blows my mind. That it had to be preserved through all of history, just shows the dedication of God to communicating with His people. He WANTS us to know Him, and He wants us to hear Him, and the Bible is how He does it. So don’t ignore Him!
Second, I firmly believe that it’s the best way to start the day. Starting my day in the Word sets the tone for my day so much better than running out the door in a rush does. Some things that happen when I start my day reading the Bible are:
My perspective changes. When I begin the day by reading about Jesus and what he’s done, it’s easier to call to mind throughout the day when I face a tough situation. It helps me have a better mindset that is more at peace, because I understand that whatever problem I’m facing in the moment is just that: in the moment, and it will pass.
Gives me words to pray. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I definitely struggle to know what to pray. I want it to be just right and to have all the right words, but to be honest, that isn’t what God requires. Reading God’s word helps me to know what to pray for and how to do so. Paul says, “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Phil. 4:5-6 So it isn’t necessarily about having the right words, but being willing to, in everything, come before God and give your thoughts and feelings to Him.
Convicts me of my sin + “helps Christ to be realized in [me].” – Kevin DeYoung. God’s word is useful in every area of life, and sitting down and being confronted with the truth of it is one of the best ways for the holy spirit to bring to light anything that needs correcting in our lives. Consistent reading of the word helps me to constantly be inspired to live in a godly way. Kevin DeYoung also says, “God’s word convicts us of sin, leads us from darkness to light.”
These are just a FEW of the ways in which God’s word has changed my life over the years, and is continuing to change my life daily. The words of God always seem fresh and alive to me, and I hope that you are inspired to turn to the Bible more often in order to connect with God in this way.
A quick note on my routine:
- Like I said, usually I like to read in the morning, because I think starting out my day with it is the best for me.
- I read 1-2 chapters at a time. More than that and it feels like too much to digest at once.
- I take notes on my observations, what’s going on in the passage, and any thoughts that it brings to mind.
- I finish with a prayer, usually influenced by or involving whatever I read that day.
Resources – Links to the things I use in my study time
- My favorite study Bible – John MacArthur ESV Study Bible
- A book on why the Bible is helpful to us as Christians – Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung
- Sermons I listen to when I want to dig deeper into a topic or passage – Grace to You
Until next time. xx