Life is busy—we get it! It’s hard to make extra time for things that don’t come easily, especially if there’s no tangible incentive.
For many of us, reading the Bible can be one of those things. Now, some people have been reading the Bible for years. Maybe they grew up in a home where it was mandatory or natural, or they went to a Christian school or attended a church that prioritized this. But others of us grew up only reading the Bible here or there—for a specific Bible study, or a few verses in church or Sunday school. Whatever the reason, Bible-reading never became a daily habit.
But we know reading the Bible every day is one of the most important ways we can feed our soul, grow closer to God, shield ourselves against the evils of the world, and increase our abilities as a disciple. If you’re one of those people who knows it’s time to step up your Bible-reading game, we offer six ways you can start reading the Bible regularly.
And lest you feel alone in this, you’re not. We only became daily Bible readers a few years ago—now, we’re hooked.
Tip 1: Do it first
In today’s busy world, time can be just as valuable as money. Jesus taught in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (NIV). One reading of this is that what we spend the most on shows what we love. This also applies to our time—what we give most of our time to is a good indicator of what is priority.
Instead of going for a run or checking social media first thing, take a few minutes and spend your time in God’s word. Keep the Bible by your bedside or where you’ll see it first thing. We think of it as a tithe of time. Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” Why not honor the Lord with the “firstfruits” of our day?
Tip 2: Have a special place or routine
Having a comfortable or regular spot where you can read the Bible each day helps, too. Some read it under the covers before they get out of bed. Others brew some coffee and read it with their bowl of cereal. Do what works for you, but keeping it consistent will help it become a habit a lot sooner.
Tip 3: Read a translation you can understand
We are blessed to have a variety of excellent and fully accurate Bible translations available to us. You don’t need to stick with the same Bible translation you’ve had since you were a kid (unless you want to). If an older-English translation (like the King James) confuses you, grab a modern translation like the NIV, the ESV, or the CEB. It’s all the word of God.
Tip 4: Give yourself a minimum quota
Have a daily goal of how much you plan to read. A chapter a day is a popular quota. And don’t feel you need to stop when you’ve read that chapter—by all means, keep going if you have the time or need!
Tip 5: Have a backup
We’ve all had those days: You oversleep and have to read your chapter on the Metro or at the office, only to realize you’ve left your Bible at home. Or you have some unexpected downtime at the coffee shop. That’s why we love Bible-reading apps, like Bible Gateway and others, on our cell phones or tablets. Most also allow you to highlight sections and take notes onscreen.
Tip 6: Be OK with a little confusion
Don’t stress if the language is tough at first, or you aren’t really sure about the historical context. The neatest thing about reading the Bible is how it somehow sinks in even if we don’t think we understand everything we’re reading. Just pray for understanding. It will come eventually. Persistence and faith pay off.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to make reading the Bible daily a priority? Share them in the comments below!