Realizing the importance of reading your Bible daily is only the first step in building this habit; it’s the second step, that’s much harder. Having the motivation is fantastic, but…where do you go from there? How do you do it?
Find the Time
Setting aside time to read your Bible is SO vital to building this habit. Your devotions are incredibly more important than that fictional book you could’ve read, or the new show that’s on TV. So don’t just do it in your free time. FREE time to do it.
Reading VS. Studying
This is going to sound crazy, but I don’t want you to study your Bible. Not at first. So many people struggle with the actual action of reading their Bible consistently, let alone studying it. Studying involves so much more…commentaries, research, other scripture passages, etc. I want you to just READ. Read and read and read. Once you can do that habitually, then you can spend more time on studying what you’re reading.
Make a plan of action. Don’t just wait until your designated devotion time to pick what you’re going to read. Find a book of the Bible or a series of passages and plan to read that for a certain amount of time. Then, when you’re done, you can choose something else. Keep it simple.
I would definitely encourage you to highlight, underline passages, or circle key words as you read. It’s a fantastic way to mark important things you’re learning and want to keep track of. Highlighting isn’t for everyone, so don’t worry about it if you don’t want to, but if you’re anything like me then you’ll find this helpful further down the road.
This is a wonderful way to get your brain thinking about what you’re reading. Perhaps create a journal for when you read your Bible. Write out your thoughts, or challenges to yourself based on what you’ve read, or write out a prayer. This will help you remember what you’ve learned and hopefully this will challenge and encourage you to be faithfully applying what you’ve learned.
Find someone that can keep you accountable. It’s so much easier to build habits like this and to be consistently reading your Bible, when you have someone alongside you. (And keep them accountable too!)
Finally, I would end with this: do not ever be ashamed of how much you’re reading your Bible. No one is perfect at this; we all fail at times. The important thing is to keep persevering.