Spending time in God’s Word is so vital. Without it we can’t know who our Father is. We learn about Jesus through His Word. We learn how to live and serve Him. How to treat others and how to pray. Without it we are lost.
Since Krystal posted about finding a routine for Quiet Time and I shared my tips on How to Never Miss Your Quiet Time, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding Bible study, quiet time and all the practical questions regarding the day-to-day aspects of spending time with our Father.
There are two questions that I have gotten quite a lot so I figured what better place to answer those questions than here on the blog!
I totally understand each of these questions and how they can be hindrances when trying to become serious in reading your Word. Our heart here at Little Light on a Hill is to encourage one another in the Word so that we can each continue to grow our relationships with God. No question is dumb or silly! We want to help each of our sisters in Christ grow and learn and in turn you ladies help us grow and learn.
With that being said, here are two questions that we have been hearing constantly about spending time with God.
“How do you find the time?”
This has to be the most asked question in the universe regarding reading the Bible. And I totally get it. I am a busy little bee just like you probably are. And while I don’t have kiddos that need my attention 24-7, I do have many things that take time in my week and can be mentally and physically exhausting. Some days I get home and can’t wait to get in bed!
But here’s the thing, finding time isn’t the issue. And it’s not going to happen.
Let’s just be real here, we all have 24 hours in a day. We’re all busy. We all have lives and families and laundry and meal planning and friends and work. So, why can some people ”find time” and others can not?
Because there is no way to “find time”. You won’t succeed.
But instead of trying to “find time” we can start prioritizing our time.
For me, finding pockets of time that I can use wisely works best for me. To read about how I find time every day you can read my post, How to Never Miss a Quiet Time.
The secret here is to create routine. Whatever time works best for you, find it and do that every single day! Creating a habit and routine will make it so much easier! You’ll never have to worry about finding time again because you will have made time in your schedule for Him.
Just like you probably get up at the same time every day in order to get to work on time, just like you go to lunch at the same time so you don’t starve to death, just like you fit in laundry so your family has clean clothes to wear, we must create a routine. We must choose to spend time with Him before we watch our favorite shows or go to the gym. We must make Him priority in our lives or we will continue to make excuses and say that we can’t “find the time”.
If we are not making time for our Bible study or prayer or quiet time then we aren’t making God a priority. If we aren’t making Him THE priority in our lives then all things we have put before Him have become idols in our lives.
“But I’m not sure where to even start”
Knowing where to start is the simple part. Short answer…anywhere. Just pick a book of the Bible and commit to walking through it chapter by chapter. Take your time. It doesn’t matter if it takes you a week or month, as long as you are reading and learning every day.
Start with the historical context of the book. Who wrote it, when was it written, why was it written, what was the purpose of the book? Find common themes of the book. Then take it chapter by chapter reading through and just get an idea of what’s going on in the story. I always reading it through again and look for Gospel implications; how does this passage point me to Christ? Then we use what we learned about God and His son in that passage to compel us to live more like Him.
If you have a hard time with reading or understanding, you can use different resources to help comprehend what that chapter means (blueletterbible.org is my best friend!).
They key here isn’t to read as much as you possibly can. The key is to read until you truly understand that passage and then move on. Sometimes I will read one chapter and will be able to move on, sometimes I only get through a few verses because I’m wrestling with the meanings and really understanding it. Other times I can get through multiple chapters!
Reading the Bible isn’t about saying you got your Bible time in. It’s not about being able to tell others that you’ve read the whole Bible in 6 months or a year. It’s about growing closer to God and learning from the examples set in His Word. We can only truly do this if we are understanding what we are reading.
The Bible isn’t about you. It’s about Him and all He has done. And through learning what He has done we then learn how to live and serve to His glory. Learning about Him compels us to live more like Him. THAT is the point. It’s a history book. Full of stories that all point us to Christ.
If you are new to the Bible or new to committing to understanding the Bible then I would suggest starting with the New Testament and walking through that chronologically.
I am a huge fan of reading the Word in the order that it actually happened. For me, this is when I saw a huge shift in my understanding of God’s Word. Knowing what happened when helps with understanding the why.
If you need any recommendations of plans to help you read through chronologically just contact us and we will point you in the right direction!
As we grow in Him we need to take our time with Him seriously. We must prioritize reading our Bible and time with Him and we must commit to reading the Bible seriously rather than just skimming through to check it off our to-do list.
I am praying for each of you as we continue growing in Him! I pray that we can each make our Savior our number one priority, that we will not see our quiet time as just a thing we can do if we “have time” but something that we thrive on doing each day.
We would love to hear from you! What helps you keep your time with God a priority in your life? Are there other things you are struggling with regarding reading God’s Word? Share your thoughts or questions below so we can all learn and grow together!