Read the Word Daily

So you are eager to study the Bible.  You have your good Bible translation in hand.  Now what?  Well, a good first place to start is a daily reading plan so you can begin to understand the big picture of God’s Word.  Daily reading plans are available from various sources, including Olive Tree to help you read through the entire Bible in a year.  Does reading through the entire Bible in a year sound like something you just don’t have the time for?  Do you realize that by committing yourself to reading the Bible twelve minutes a day you could accomplish just that?  That is just six minutes in the morning and six minutes in the afternoon.  Everyone has time for that. We all waste more time than that every day don’t we?  Just do it.  If you are not ready for that kind of plan, then consider reading just one chapter in the book of Proverbs every day for a month. There are thirty-one chapters in the book of Proverbs, so that would work out great.  Proverbs is filled with very practical information—wisdom from God that meets you where you are today.  Another excellent choice for Bible reading is the Gospel of John, especially if you are a fairly new believer and want to get to know your Savior better.  Even if you are an unbeliever, the Gospel of John is a good place for you to meet the Savior. John says he wrote his gospel that you might believe, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:30-31). If you are an unbeliever, you won’t understand the Bible very well, but God will be more than gracious in helping you to understand what you need to know in order to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. So to begin Bible study, get into the habit of just reading your Bible—regularly.