My previous experience and common method of studying the bible involves reading bible scriptures coupled with other bible reference material when a further explanation was desired. Recently I started reading one of my late mom’s bible’s, (The Daily Bible, NIV by Harvest House Publishers), the New International Version), along with my traditional King James bible. I like the “The Daily Bible” but because it is not designed to be read in traditional chronological order sometimes I find it difficult to find various scriptures. But, “is there a right and a wrong way to study the bible?
The Daily Bible is organized in a manner that readers can complete reading it in (365) days. Scripture is presented in event order and events are portrayed as they happened in history. In “The Daily Bible” the Old Testament and the New Testament are not intended to be read randomly. Instead, The Daily Bible makes events unfold before you like a novel would. However, I have had mom’s bible since she passed away in December of 2007 and have not used it to read the bible in 365 days. I don’t know anymore if that should even be my goal?
I think my goal should be consistency. Several times a year I tell myself that I am going to make a practice of getting up every morning reading my bible before I begin my day. I have not perfected this practice. What I have done is involve myself in activities or tasks that require me to consult the bible almost daily. Since my blog is a faith-based blog I try to include a scripture with each post. When I send inspirational text messages I make a habit of asking God to give me the words to say, and I incorporate bible scripture on a regular basis as well. Additionally, I am constantly going to my bible to complete course work for my OCU classes. However, in all honesty since starting school I have not been able to blog or send inspirational text messages seven days a week, I do it when I can. At this stage in my life, my academic studies have become the main priority.
As far as application, or the process I use to apply what I learn from reading the bible I pray to God for understanding, guidance, and direction. Additionally, I ask for strength and faith so that I can apply what I learn from reading God’s Word. Living a life that is pleasing to God hangs on obeying His word. That said, personally, I believe the more I read the Word the stronger I become spiritually. I am looking forward to learning better ways of studying the bible more efficiently and effectively.