I grew up in a household where my parents read and engaged Scripture continuously. When I was old enough to read, I dove into God’s Word on my own.
During different seasons of my life, how I read the Bible changes. But one thing does not—my daily time spent in God’s Word is a non-negotiable.
Sometimes I choose a topical YouVersion plan. I also enjoy reading familiar passages in new translations. Other times, I study one verse or passage repeatedly for days on end or concentrate on one book of the Bible for months until I’ve applied its truths to every aspect of my life.
One of my favorite things to do is text verses to my dad and accountability group, and read what they send back. There’s something to the communal aspect of reading Scripture. You might be geographically separated, but God’s Word unites in the Spirit.
A new passion of mine is visual scripture. The new Lumo series is stunning. It is video shot in Morocco overseen by leading archaeologists, theologians, and cultural anthropologists overlaid with word-for-word narration of each of the four Gospels. It’s given me a new visceral experience of the Word—it’s like the Bible in VR. Clips can be found on YouVersion as well.
Reading the Bible has never been a “rinse and repeat” for me. It’s my air. It is essential for the growth and sanctification of every believer.
I recently wrote a 10 day devotional. It was invigorating to engage with the Bible from the “other side”— envisioning the person who might read the material and praying for how they would receive it. It gave me a fresh perspective on yet another way to experience God’s Word.
I hope as you start 2017, you will find complete refreshment and restoration as you experience our Savior through the Word.
And if you want to mix it up a bit, here are some of the ways I’ve enjoyed engaging with Scripture. You might find yourself encountering Jesus in a new way during your quiet time!
- There’s Hope for Today https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2090-theres-hope-for-today
- God’s Good News from Bible App for Kids https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/979-gods-good-news-bible-app-for-kids
- Learning to Trust God in Everything https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1831-learning-to-trust-god-in-everything
- Stained Glass https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1575-stained-glass-devotional-eves-story
- Deep Dive 14 https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/30-deep-dive-14