How to read the Bible

Why has it never occurred to me before to read the Bible as any other book? Is that how you read it?

I usually sit down with a reading plan, a daily reading or devotional. I approach the Bible as a study, even as a bit of a chore at times.

I don't read any other book that way. When I read a novel it's often in large chunks, sometimes hours at a time curled up on the sofa. Other times leaning against the kitchen worktop while I wait for the dinner to cook or kettle to boil.

As I approached an intensive course, I was encouraged to just sit and read the Bible with no study and no direction - Just read it. The Bible is full of knowledge and wisdom but it is also a narrative, a story to be read and enjoyed. It was written that way so why don't we read it that way?

I am discovering little gems everyday by just reading it. I'll often be sat reading and turn to my husband saying "Did you know....?" I am not concentrating on a certain area of study or a deeper meaning and I am finding new revelation in reading God's story.

God's story is good and I have been surprised at how sitting and reading with no agenda feeds and restores my soul. Why am I surprised? Psalm 19:7 says "The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul." God has already told me that reading his word will refresh my soul, yet I'm surprised!

It's good! There is mystery, intrigue, crime, passion, the supernatural and family drama. Whatever your preferred genre in a novel you will find it in the Bible. Why no challenge yourself in 2015? Don't follow a reading plan, devotional or study just read the book, delight in his word (Psalm 1: 1-3). I warn you though keep a journal handy, God will speak to you.

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4 comments:

  1. Tania,
    I really enjoyed your post. The Bible is such an exciting story from cover to cover. We often miss than when we only read it in snippets!
    Blessings,
    Donna

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    1. Thanks Donna, I think it would be great if more people viewed the Bible as a complete book of God's story - as you say often there is so much missed.

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  2. This is lovely. I'm not very religious, but I have my grandfather's old bible and have often thought about just reading it like any other book... I might get around to it one of these days!
    Thanks for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop!

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    1. Vicky - if you ever want to do that and would like someone alongside you then I would love to help you see the love story in the Bible :)

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