Reading the Bible

bibleOne of the most important disciplines in our lives is that of reading our Bibles.  Now in my 50’s, I find myself drawn to this more and more.  I love being able to read the words that God chose to reveal to his people.  The more I read lately, the more my heart is stirred.  The more my love is kindled.  The more my godly passions are ignited.  The more I loath my sin.  The more I desire to reflect glory to God himself.

I am a transitional time with my Bible reading.  For the past two years, I was reading the Bible beginning in Genesis and finishing with Revelation a few days ago.  I did not have a set length to read each day.  Ideally, I would read until my heart was tuned into the Lord.  Then I would read long enough to hear what he would teach me.

I said, “Ideally”.  Some days, I did not get tuned in.  However, the more I did this, the fewer those days became.  I can still think of a section or book of the Bible and recall some wonderful moments with the Lord.  The prophets, in particular, sang to me like never before.

At the onset of this journey, I decided to use my regular Bible.  I did not want this to be a computer or smartphone experience.  I could sit and see the words on the page.  That decision is one I would make over and over again.

What now?

Due to the nature of that style of reading, I did leave a number of questions unasked.  As I neared the end of the Gospels, I began to pray about targeting a particular book of the Bible for more detailed reading and study once I finished with Revelation.

I wanted something meaty that I could devour and chew on for awhile.  Yet I wanted something short enough to be manageable.

Even before the end, I had settled on the book of Ephesians.  For a week or so now, I have been solely in Ephesians during my morning Bible readings.  I am reading sections, chapters or the entire book with a prayerful heart listening to what the Lord would say to me.

Yesterday, I pulled out my Greek New Testament for the first time in at least 16 years.  I was shocked at how much I could read.  Thank the Lord for Dr. Richard Melick who taught me most of the Greek I know.

I am analyzing, diagramming sentences, doing thematic studies, etc.  I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.  I not only want to feel like a 1st century Ephesian reading Paul’s letter, I want to be a 21st century disciple of the Lord who lets the theological truths burn deeply.  Deep enough so that the Spirit of God moves mightily within me to live out the ethical and doxological instructions of this book.

I hope my words here help you want to and/or be able to go deeper in your Bible reading.  I would love to hear what you are reading right now.