“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
God’s Word is absolutely amazing! I love it! The same Spirit that inspired the writers stirs me when I read their words. Often though, I hear people say, “I just can’t seem to understand it. I want to – I don’t know where to start.” Let me help you.
There’s an old Indian proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” The point is you just have to start. Find a Bible reading plan that suits you. I’ve personally read through the Bible every year since I was 18 and I’ve used several different plans. The Word still amazes me. I learn something new every time – not to mention how it speaks to me personally concerning the areas where I’m living and learning and struggling in my own journey with Christ.
Currently, I’m using the chronological plan at www.youversion.com. There are multitudes of good Bible reading sites. I just happen to like this one, because it links to an app for my iPhone – so I can read from my laptop or from my phone on the go. At that site, there are a bunch of great translations to choose from. If you’re a new Bible reader, I recommend the New International Version for clarity of understanding or perhaps The Message for a refreshing approach using contemporary language.
Register there with a username and password; choose the plan you want and then specify your time goal. You can choose to read only the New Testament in 30 days or the whole Bible in 90 or take up to 3 years to read through if you so desire. You can set the goal. Once you’ve finished a day’s reading – you mark it as completed and the site helps you be accountable to your reading goals.
Set aside a few minutes a day to read the Word and open your heart to God’s voice. Here are few beginning principles to help you. When you read, ask these questions:
1) Is there a LESSON to be learned?
2) Is there a COMMAND to be obeyed?
3) Is there a PROMISE to be believed?
4) Is there an EXAMPLE to be followed?
This simple grid will assure that you “get something” out of every time you sit down to hear the Lord speak to you through His Word. One last thing – don’t get bogged down in the “begets” or obscure passages. I’ve been at it for over 30 years and there are some that I still have to wade through – hey just keepin’ it real! Open your heart in faith and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you – it will blow you away!