Struggling With Where to Start Reading Your Bible? A Bible Study Worked for Me!
As we know, God wants us to read in His word daily; it’s our instruction manual. If we want to know what God wants we need to read His word, the instruction manual, the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV) “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Colossians 3:16 (NIV) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with wisdom.” I knew if I wanted to grow in my walk with God, if I wanted everything God wanted for me, I needed to start reading His word.
A little something about me, reading has never been something I enjoyed. I was never one to pick up a book unless it was a homework assignment, and I hated homework. So you can imagine how surprised I was when the answer to my prayer was, a Bible Study. It felt as though the Pastor making the announcement about the upcoming Ladies Bible Study was looking right at me the entire time. All I could think about was that it would require reading. And not just reading one book but more than likely 2 books. And the word, study, and well that had to involve homework. Did I mention, I don’t enjoy reading and I really hate homework?
As with everything else, I knew if I was going to do this Bible Study I had to set aside a specific time of day or it wouldn’t get done. Since I never enjoyed reading I knew it would be hard for me to stay focused, so I also knew it needed to be a time when I couldn’t do house work, yard work, etc., anything else that I felt needed to be done. I chose first thing I the morning. It was dark and everyone in the house was sleeping therefore no interruptions and I needed to stay as quiet as possible.
So, if you’ve been struggling, like I was, with reading your Bible, where to begin reading your Bible, or staying focused while reading, a Bible Study just might be the answer to your prayer. Bible Studies are generally focused on one biblical person or one specific book of the Bible. They break down the scripture giving an explanation, show you related scriptures, and apply that portion of scripture to real life. And yes, there is even homework. Homework, that’s where the accountability part came in. I didn’t want to be the only lady that didn’t do my homework. Yep, I wanted my name is the door prize basket. And yes, I even wanted the weekly homework sticker.
*Find a Bible Study that interests you: Maybe your church is doing one, or you can ask women you trust in your church what Bible Studies they have done.
*Set aside a specific time of day, and stick to it. Think about your day, when is it unlikely you will get interrupted.
*Pray before you start. My prayer is usually something like “Lord, You know I get distracted easily. Please help me to stay focused and understand what You are trying to teach me today”.
*Be sure to have one waiting in the wings: Get your next Bible Study at least a week before you finish the one you have.