I sometimes struggle with apathy towards my time in the Bible. I read it, So often, it’s just a daily hoop to jump through. It’s a task to check off. It’s another chore on the list.
But it’s not. It’s not a hoop or a chore or a task. It’s the Word of God. If it reads dry or dull, we’re not reading it right. Around this time last year, I heard Joe White, director of Kanakuk Kamps, speak at a conference in College Station. He listed some helpful ways to keep our time in God’s Word from becoming just another chore.
- Read it like a love letter– pore over it like it’s scribbled with pink highlighter and the i’s are dotted with hearts, read the redemption written between the lines
- Read it like the first time– recapture that moment when God’s grace revealed through His Words first clicked
- Read it like a baby goes after the bottle– come to the Word with desperation and dependence, needing proclamations and promises and truth
- Read it prayerfully– pray “God, open my eyes, I want more of you”
- Read it imaginatively– smell that musty prison cell that Paul wrote from, watch the Holy Spirit come down at Pentecost, put yourself in the story
- Read it purposefully– read it with the intent to act on it, to be changed by it, to let it shape and mold you
- Read it possessively– take ownership of what God wrote to you, hide it in your heart and meditate on it day and night