How do you read the Bible?
Updated: Jan 7, 2021
Here's one passage and five different ways to engage with it!
As 2021 has begun you might be trying to read the Bible more than you did last year. For a lot of us, approaching God’s Word can feel intimidating. Here are some tools I use to engage with scripture on a deeper level and to have a meaningful time with God in scripture every day.
Scripture: “And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.”
One: Pray it!
Use the passage to guide and inspire your prayers. What connections do you see to your own life that you could use to inspire and guide your prayers? What do you notice about the character of God that you can pray about?
Example: God thank you for being a God who fights our battles. I pray you would come and fight my battles today.
Two: Pretend to be in it!
Use your imagination! What thoughts, emotions, or feelings would you be experiencing if you were experiencing what is in the passage for yourself?
Example: What would I be feeling if I was supposed to face a huge enemy and God came and fought the battle for me?
Three: Meditate on it!
Spend time thinking and reflecting on an aspect of the passage.
Example: What is the fear of the Lord? Have I seen this in my life?
Four: Journal It!
Reflect on your thoughts and emotions as you read the passage by writing them down.
Example: Write about a time when you have seen God fight a battle in your own life.
Five: Handcopy it!
Sometimes the best way to start thinking and reflecting on scripture is simply to slow down, and write the passage out for yourself. You might notice new things as you write the words and reflect on them.
Example: Write out the verse and think about what the meaning is as you write the words.
Have you tried any of these methods before? If not, which one are you interested in trying out next?
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