A habit (good or bad) begins with the first step. The goal of spiritual disciplines is not for you to turn over a new leaf or make a New Year’s resolution: spiritual disciplines begin with a single step, and then another…and another. If you don’t have a practice of daily time in the Word, these simple next steps can get you there.
Pray for God to give you a hunger for His Word. If you don’t have a desire that causes you to turn off Netflix or get out of bed earlier, pray that God will give that to you. He will answer that prayer.
The Bible is a large book (actually it’s 66 books in one!). Choose a book of the Bible and decide to read one chapter a day. (John is a great place to start in the New Testament; Proverbs in the Old Testament).
Start today. Not tomorrow. Today. You’ve probably heard the Chinese proverb: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Choose a time. Choose a place. Start today.
Know what success is and isn’t. Success in Scripture intake isn’t understanding everything you read. As a matter of fact, you seldom understand everything you read in any book you pick up. Before you begin to read ask God to speak to you. He will. I promise. He speaks through his Word.
Success is reading the Bible. Success is taking that first step, and the next, and the next.
About 26 years ago, God gave me the desire to study the Bible. And where did I start? At the end, the Book of Revelation. Probably the hardest book to understand. But he totally changed my life while studying it. He gave me new desires and wants and took my old ones away. Then I jumped to the beginning, Genesis. A book everyone needs to study.
I’m very thankful that he has taught me much during these years of studying. It takes a lot of time and dedication but well worth it.