Do you find yourself desiring to spend time with God in his Word, but struggling to fit daily devotions into your hectic schedule?
Do you find yourself procrastinating about reading your Bible, pushing it further and further back in your schedule until you literally can’t push it back any further without skipping it altogether?
If you do… then I relate. I feel you. I’ve been there. Realistically, I am still there. I am constantly fighting a battle of priorities, and in total honesty, reading my Bible doesn’t always win.
But is there anything that we can do in order to help us be more consistent with our Bible reading? Of course!
Making the Commitment
I believe that the first thing we have to do in order to establish consistency is undoubtedly the most difficult. We have to make the commitment. We need to acknowledge the importance of getting into God’s Word daily, and we need to commit. We need to decide that we are going to read our Bible on the days that we feel like it… as well as on the days that we don’t. On the days that we have lots of free time… and on the days that we feel like we barely have time to breathe. We need to agree right now that spending time with God in his Word is priority #1. It’s more important than school, than sports, than music, and anything else in this world. Until we make God our biggest priority, consistently reading his Word is not going to happen.
Picking a Time
Now that we have committed, we need to pick a time to read our Bibles. The ideal time to read your Bible depends a lot on you, and your schedule. Since we all live totally different lives, it’s impossible for me to tell you the exact time that you should read your Bible. I can, however, give you a few principles that I think will aid you in finding the best time to read your Bible.
The first step in picking a time is determining when you have free time. If you don’t feel that you really have free time anywhere, where can you make free time? What can you cut?
The second step is evaluating when you are most alert. Are you an early riser or a night owl? When are you most focused? When are you unable to focus? If you’re a morning person, than it’s probably not the best idea for you to do your daily devotions at night time when you’re too exhausted to think straight. On the other hand, if you’re stumbling around in the morning and putting your pants on backwards because your brain isn’t awake yet, I think that you’re going to get more out of your devotions if you do them in the evening.
The third and final step is considering the distractions in your life. When are you least likely to be interrupted? When is your mind the least cluttered? I have personally found that when I do my devotions at the end of the day, I am a lot more distracted with the happenings of my day than I am if I do my devotions in the morning. And thus, I have decided that it’s better for me to do my devotions in the morning before I have anything else on my mind to distract me.
So I encourage you to commit, think through the principles provided above, pick a time—and stick with it. The more consistent you are in your Bible reading, the more you’re going to get out of it.