Daily Bible Reading: Why It’s So Important and How to Build Up the Habit
Consider Jesus’ famous words in Matt. 4:4,
“Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”
We may appreciate this word and may have even memorized it at one time, but unfortunately, we may not practically apply it to our own daily life. This may be partially due to a mistaken concept. Maybe we mistake knowledge for life.
So what does that mean? …
Recognize Reasons for Not Reading the Bible Daily
Here are some reasons we might have for not reading the Bible daily:
- “I don’t understand it.”
- “I already know what the Bible talks about….”
- “I don’t have time.”
- “I don’t get anything out of it.”
- “I can’t remember anything that I read.”
…and you can add to the list.
All of the above are in the realm of knowledge and miss a vital point. Whether you understand your food or don’t understand it, you still have to eat in order to live.
Even if your time is pressed, you’re still going to eat something.
And whether or not you can remember the food you eat, you’re still going to eat to live.
Realize that the Bible is a book of life
When we say that the Bible is a book of life we mean that it is the necessary food for our inner man. That’s because it contains Christ, who is God’s living Word (John 1:1; 1 John 1:1). But sadly, our concept of knowledge has cheated us too long.
This thought of the Bible being a book of life is confirmed by Paul’s word in 2 Tim. 3:16,
“All Scripture is God-breathed…”
Consider, whenever we speak, we exhale, we breathe out our essence. It’s the same with God. The Bible, as God’s living Word, contains and conveys His essence—His Spirit of Life—into us.
For example, whenever we open to a page of the Bible, we need to open to the Lord from the depth of our being—our spirit—and utter a few words like,
“Lord Jesus, as I come to the Bible, I’m coming to You. I turn my heart fully to You. Cleanse me with Your precious blood. I open my spirit to touch You and receive You as my real spiritual food in the Word. I open to breathe in what You breathe out.”
Receive Help to Build Up a Bible-Reading Habit
Although our focus in coming to the Bible should be mainly to receive spiritual food, there are still some practical tips that can help us overcome the things that keep us from reading our Bible.:
- “Don’t have time” – Simply read shorter passages and more frequently—how about 5-10 min. 2-3 times per day for starters. You can do it on your handheld with a free Bible Study App from BiblesforAmerica.org.
- “Don’t understand it”— Get a quality study Bible with footnotes. I recommend the Recovery Version. I use the electronic version of the Recovery Version for iSilo. You can find it on the lsm.org website.
- “Don’t get anything out of it”— Pray before, during, and after your reading so that you open to God, the source of the Scriptures, come to Christ, the content of the Scriptures, and touch the Spirit, the essence of the Scriptures.
- “Falling behind and can never catch up”— Create your own schedule on ReadHisWord.com at a pace that you can maintain. If you get too far behind, mark you progress to date and then reset the schedule to make today your current date. If you need to, stretch your schedule out 6 more months. To read slower is better than stopping entirely.
I hope that you also will be inspired by this post to:
- Realize your personal need to read the Bible every day.
- Obtain an accurate and readable study Bible (The Recovery Version is my favorite.)
- Make a definite plan for your daily Bible-reading, considering the time or number of pages each day that you can commit to reading. For example, you might decide to read through the entire New Testament from Matthew to Revelation in 1 or 2 years. (I highly recommend using an online Bible-reading scheduler like ReadHisWord.com to keep you on track.)
- Then schedule your life to include your daily Bible-reading—what time each day and for how long you plan to read. For example, you may schedule to read for 10 minutes before you start work in the morning and 10 minutes before you go to bed at night.
- Don’t wait! Begin your new Bible-reading habit today!
I hope that you’ll find the points in this post as helpful as I have. If you have received benefit from the points I’ve presented, I also hope that you’ll take a moment to share a confirming comment. Or, if you have found a way to read your Bible that might help others, please share with the other readers by leaving a comment below.
- Lessons for New Believers by Witness Lee, Chapter 6, Reading the Bible
- Messages for Building Up New Believers, Volume 1 by Watchman Nee, Chapter 9, Reading the Bible
- Both titles can be read for free online at ministrybooks.org
- Hymns on Coming to the Word for Spiritual Nourishment:
- A related post: 12 Tips on How to Pray-read the Word of God to Be Spiritually Nourished
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About Tom Smith
Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!