Where Do I Start To Read the Bible?
“The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you seem to be naturally motivated to continue.” ― Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Where do I start? No, literally, where do I start? So I want to read the Bible. That’s great. Should I read the King James Version, or the New International Version? I’ve heard that The Message makes it simple, but I’ve also heard that the New Living Translation is also easy to read.
Old Testament or New Testament
Once I select a version, should I start in the Old Testament or the New Testament? Does it matter what order I read it in? What if I just randomly pick a book and start reading? Do I need a commentary to understand what I am reading?
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (CSB)
What Keeps You From Starting To Read the Bible?
I don’t know about you, but making the choice to read the Bible was one of the easiest in my life. The hardest part was every decision afterward being a confusing mess distracting you from starting the task of reading God’s word.
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. - Psalms 119:105 (CSB)
The truth of the matter is that it doesn’t matter where you start, just start. While it is true some of the books of the Bible are easier to read than others, you can find reading plans all over the internet and plenty more at any local church. There are endless study groups both online and local to many locations in the United States which can help you start your journey through the Bible.
For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope. - Romans 15:4 (CSB)
Book Reading vs. Subject Reading
There is some merit to reading a book of the Bible from start to finish, but there is also merit to looking up Bible verses related to a specific subject. You can learn a lot about who Jesus is by reading one of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). You can learn a lot about yourself by finding verses relating to issues you are going through.
Develop A Plan To Read the Bible
Both of these methods of reading God's word are valid. The first step to tackling this achievement is to develop a plan. Developing a plan requires you to name specific goals. Do you want to read the Bible within 6 months, 1 year, 2 years? Would you rather just develop a daily habit of reading God’s word?
Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s time to lay out specific small way points that will help you achieve your goal. If you want to read the Bible within a specific time period, divide the number of chapters by the amount of time you want to finish the task.
Commit to Read the Bible
If you want to have a daily regimen of Bible reading, pick a day and start with a 10 minute reading session. Gradually work up the time to where you want to be. Try to find a quiet place to start reading and remove distractions like TV or games. If you choose to read the Bible on the internet, close all other windows and tabs.
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit-the Father will send Him in My name-will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. - John 14:26 (CSB)
Pray Before You Read the Bible
No matter what you choose to do, you should pray before reading every day. The Holy Spirit is a great interpreter and not only make the verses make sense to you, but also brings His Word alive in your very soul. Asking for this may also help keep you on track to achieve your goal.
First of all, you should know this: no prophecy of Scripture comes from one's own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, moved by the Holy Spirit, men spoke from God. - 2 Peter 1:20-21 (CSB)
A Closer Relationship With God
Remember, this is the first step to a closer relationship with God. Treat it like the foundation it will be, with all of the attention and affection it deserves. Get committed to giving time everyday and actually spend time reading the Bible. Eventually you will be doing it without even thinking!
So whats your plan for reading God's Word? Leave a comment below and let me know!