I don’t know about you but when I am reading my Bible, I want to get the most I can from my time in the Word. Whether its 5 minutes or 30 minutes or an hour, I desire that time spent in the Word to be productive and not a check off on my list of things to do. I desire it to be enriching to my soul.
However, I don’t always pull that off. My mind gets distracted by things around me or I start thinking about my day. Other times, I get going and my heart and mind are totally focused on what I am reading and I am learning so much. Thankfully, God is gracious in my weakness and faithful when I do come, humbly, to know Him more.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, it says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Because reading the bible is a need for our soul as we make our way through life in this world, we ought to get the most of it when we’re reading and studying. Let’s look at some things to remember that will help us get the most out of reading our bible using the suggestions of Thomas Watson.
1. We need to remove obstacles. These would be things that hinder our time in the Word like sins we are harboring, personal concerns that cause us to be distracted, or anything that would prevent us from gaining the knowledge we are seeking. So often we open up our bibles to read and study only to fall prey to a wandering mind or the refusal to acknowledge sins that are holding us back or the cares of the day that we are hoping to tend to. We need to remove these things when we are ready to dig into the Word. “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22)
2. We ought to have our heart prepared. Before opening the bible, we should do three things. First, we ought to collect our thoughts and get ready to read. Clear our mind of all other thoughts. Second, we need to do away with unclean affections and desires. This would be things that are holding onto our heart and mind preventing the Word from getting our total focus. Lastly, we need to take this time seriously and without joke. Being in the Word ought not be taken lightly. We come to know God better, grow in faith, and gain wisdom. It’s real folks! “And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, ‘If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.’ ” (1 Samuel 7:3)
3. We need to read with reverence. Reverence is “having deep respect for someone or something.” When we open our bible to read, we should be reading each word with high regard as if God were right there speaking to us. This is the Word of God. His words for us. It is holy ground, in my opinion. “Then he said, ‘Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.‘” (Exodus 3:5) As Moses was instructed when he approached the Lord of lords, we should also have the same reverence when we read God’s Word.
4. We should read with seriousness. We must remember the bible “is no empty word for you, but your very life…” it says in Deuteronomy 32:47. With that knowledge, we ought to spend our time in the Word with careful consideration and not in haste or lightheartedly. It is to our very life what food and water is to the physical body. Reading and studying the bible is meant to deepen our personal relationship in Christ and that ought to be taken with all seriousness.
I have shared four very good points on how to get the most out of reading your bible. I plan to continue this series over the next few weeks in the hope it encourages you in your bible reading time.
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