HOW TO DEVELOP A CONSISTENT BIBLE READING DISCIPLINE
BY: PASTOR MARC EIDAHL
A few years ago I was growing increasingly discontent with my Bible reading. I would wake up in the morning and open the Bible to wherever and just start reading. Some days I received insight, but most I just read with no apparent result. My Bible reading became sporadic and it was easy in the midst of a busy schedule to move on with my day without taking time in the Word.
Do you relate to this struggle? Isn't it easy to delay reading the Bible to another time or another day. Soon almost the only Bible we are getting is in church on Sunday morning. But why is it so important anyway? What's the big deal? I get the Word of God in church on Sunday so is it really that important that I read?
1. We will all face judgment.
We need to keep in mind that we will all stand before God someday and face judgment. And God's judgment is just because it is based entirely on the truth of the Bible! Jesus said:
"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 5:19.
"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day," John 12:48.
If we do not engage with the Word of God, how can we know how to follow what He has said?
2. God's Word changes us and gives us direction.
Once we are born again through Jesus Christ, we still need God's direction in our lives to teach us right from wrong and guide us to make good decisions. Without knowing the Word of God we will fail. The Bible instructs us on how to make good decisions, how to prosper financially, how to pray, what to do if your prayer isn't answered, and much more!
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right," 2 Timothy 3:16.
3. We must have a plan to develop in the discipline of Bible reading!
If you want to be consistent in reading your Bible each day, here's some quick practical pointers on how to make that happen:
- You need a Bible reading plan. Without a plan, our Bible reading will be sporadic and aimless. I use a plan on the Life.Church Bible app. If you would like to friend me on the Bible app you will be able to see the plan I'm using and even track when I read my Bible. I invite you to do so: https://www.bible.com/users/eidahlfamily.
- Find a time: What isn’t scheduled doesn’t happen! Find a time when you can read your Bible without interruption and stick to it.
- Find a place. Find a place you are comfortable and not interrupted.
- Pray and expect while you read. The Bible is God's very Words! Since Jesus is the Word of God in flesh and blood (John 1:1), it is impossible to read the Bible without relating directly to God Himself. So expect that God will bring you insight, revelation, and direction while you read!
Pastor Marc Eidahl | Bismarck Campus Pastor