Building Better Bible Habits
Three quick tips for making Bible reading a habit in your life
- Plan – to keep the “appointment”
- Set aside a time (maybe even a second, backup time) that is just for you to spend with the Lord each day. Repetition, as with anything, is the key. It takes 2-3 weeks of doing something regularly to make it a habit in your life.
- “Arm” yourself – keep it handy!
- I love reading from my regular “hold it in my hands” Bible. But I make use of free Bible apps on my electronic devices, so no matter where I go I can use “down time” to read the Bible whenever I want.
- Listening counts!
- If you have never tried audio, give it a shot! It is a very handy way to get your “reading” in. There are many resources for your PC, eReader, phone or tablet. Many of them pay for great voices to do the reading. YouVersion.com and ESVBible.org are just two of many providers.
Remember, even a little bit of reading any part of the Bible each day is better than none at all. Hearing from the Lord is what matters!
As for this blog’s “jump” to Exodus:
We will move on from Genesis 46 on Wednesday, all the way to Exodus and the story of its author Moses. Why skip so many chapters? As this plan attempts to help us get the story of the Bible as a whole this year, some choices must be made as to where to move forward. That does not mean the chapters we will jump over are unimportant, though. As the longest book of the Bible in terms of time-span, Genesis covers a couple thousand years; and it is proper to note that from the end of the book (chapter 50) to Exodus 1, about 400 years pass before the Lord’s word to us begins again. This is because the events of those years were not what the Lord intended for Moses to relate to us for our instruction concerning salvation and the coming of the Messiah and our savior, Jesus Christ. That story resumes in Exodus 1, where we will take it up on Thursday.
Each weekend, I am now posting a page-length PDF of one week of chapter summaries (on the website’s “Summaries” page), current to the beginning of the previous week. I have posted the summary for Week 6 (February Week 1) of the schedule I am following. This short PDF document contains condensed comments about Genesis chapters 29, 30, 31, 32 and 37, with hyperlinks to the ESV version of each chapter for listening or reading, and joins the summaries for other weeks already posted there.
Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog. All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility. When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com. For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.