I don’t know about you but reading the bible on a regular basis can be really hard. Getting up in the morning and groggily reading the bible and not much of it going in, this is all far too familiar for me!
Recently I have had some teaching on the importance of the bible and what it actually is. And it is amazing to think that it is Gods living word and we have it at our finger tips but I don’t read it as much as I should. Ghandi once said:
"You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature."
Knowing that I have Gods living word at my finger tips I wanted to study the bible more but I just didn’t know where to start. I was recently recommended a book called ‘Bible Study Methods’ by Rick Warren. It’s a great little book. It has really helped me look at the bible in more active ways, which has made me want to read the bible more (and so far I’ve only managed to read the first few chapters)! The book has 9 different ways of studying the bible using resources varying from the humble pen and paper to a more miniature library. It also has sections on how to read the bible in the mornings, which are called morning devotionals. This section is really helpful for just doing a quick 10-20 read and meditation on a part of the bible of a morning. I find it hard to have much cognitive function in the mornings but I’ve started to find that waking up 15 minutes earlier than usual really helps and reading the bible right at the start of the day sets my day up perfectly as I find I have my eyes focused on God.
The book reiterates multiple times is that it’s though hard graft and persistence, with Gods grace, that we are able to read the bible regularly and effectively. Although this can seem like just too much work, it really is worth it – God can transform your life through his word!
Blog post by Lawrence Hutton
Lawrence is on the student team at St Michael le Belfrey and become a Christian while he was a student in York.