We’ve been talking about the secret place all summer, and we were bound to make it to actually reading the Bible eventually. And here we are. Take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be scary.
I don’t think I need to convince you how important Scripture is, so let’s just jump to why it tends to be so hard. Frustration with Scripture usually leads me to a couple habits: reading a few verses a day simply to say I did it or reading the same books over and over because I know I can get through them.
Before we move forward, let’s acknowledge one quick truth: all we have to do to be blessed by Scripture is actually read it (Revelation 1:3). Maybe a solution can be found in something as simple as reworking our routine.
Sorge outlines a reading plan where he mixes passages from the Old Testament, Proverbs/Psalms, the Gospels, and the New Testament every day. Instead of reading a big chunk from one particular book, he suggests reading smaller sections from four books simultaneously.
“I want every single portion of God’s inspired word to have a chance at my heart. I don’t want a single issue in my soul to remain unmoved because I wasn’t careful to expose myself to the full breadth of His wisdom and revelation.”
A lot of the Old Testament stories and prophecies actually point directly to Jesus. Reading the Old and New testaments together can reveal similar themes and actually help to make sense of the difficult passages.
Find a pattern and routine that works for you. There’s no wrong way to read the Bible, except to not do it at all.
Brittany Futch, prayer