Knowledge of the Bible is something I desire to have and I am sure you and many others do too. I study it and realize that what I know is nothing compared to everything the Bible has to offer. Reading it for myself and finding a little nugget of hidden truth feels so amazing! When I share it with people I feel even better, because His Word is being spread. So, here are a few tips to better reading of the Bible for those of you who want to learn new things, get a better understanding, or want to get back on track with reading his Word.
Timing is not everything when it comes to reading, but I find it very important. I recommend finding time when you are not rushing or having to worry about other things. It will be easier to study if you can focus on what you are reading. In the Bible it says that if you seek you will find (Matt.7:7). Think about what that means. Do you think skimming through a chapter for 15 minutes is seeking? If you were trying to find someone you loved would you just try calling their phone and give up when they did not answer? Or would you call them, text them, email them, call people who may know his/her location, and do anything else possible? Remember to SEEK.
2. Study Tools
It is hard to learn the true meaning of what the Bible is trying to show us unless we have tools to help us. I often look up meanings of words to see how they are used in context to what is being said. I recommend using blueletterbible.org, because it has any easy to use concordance. The reason I do this is many people look at a verse and will their own interpretation on what it means. You should also learn some history about the time of the book you are reading. You can get a better understand what is trying to be said if you know the places, cultures, or other factors that effected the author.
I stress the importance of looking closely at what you are reading. When I was younger I just read, but never studied what I was reading. Sure I learned names and stories, but you have to study to fully understand. Pay attention to how the sentence is structured and worded. Some words have multiple meanings, so find the meaning that fits the context of the sentence and not your personal preferences. Also, listen to what others have to say about the topic, but do not take their word for it! Go back and study to see if what they had to say lines up with what the Bible says. I feel so strongly about this that I tell people to not even fully trust me, because I want them to read it for themselves. This way they may find that I misinterpreted something and I can learn from them.
4. Be Humble
Pride is quite hard for some people to identify or to get rid of. I have learned that if I am wrong the best thing to do is accept it. If I argue I will only cause confusion and possible anger. I do not wish to hurt anyone spiritually in their walk. I beg you to listen what someone has to say and truly think about it before you respond. Do not assume you are right and that is final. If someone is wrong, do not express your opinions, but show them the truth in the Bible. You can’t argue with truth.
Understand that many people have different ways of learning and studying, but these things I shared are what helps me. I pray that if you are sincere you will receive what He has for you.