Three tips to help you get started with read­ing Bi­ble

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How can I get started read­ing the Bi­ble? I ac­tu­ally made a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to read the Bi­ble ev­ery day (like my grand­mother did), but I got bogged down and fi­nally gave up. Maybe you could give me some point­ers.

I’m thank­ful for your grand­mother’s ex­am­ple; even if she didn’t re­al­ize it, she was show­ing you what is re­ally im­por­tant in life: liv­ing by God’s Word. She knew the truth of the Psalmist’s words: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). Let me sug­gest three things to help you get started with your read­ing of the Bi­ble. First, use a mod­ern trans­la­tion you can un­der­stand; if you don’t al­ready have one, your pas­tor or lo­cal Chris­tian book­seller can give you sug­ges­tions. Be sure also it has type that’s easy to read. (My wife used to say that the devil liked noth­ing bet­ter than a Bi­ble with print that was too small to read!)

Sec­ond, start with one of the Gospels in the New Tes­ta­ment (I of­ten sug­gest John). The rea­son is be­cause the whole Bi­ble points to Je­sus Christ — and the Gospels tell us about him. Later you’ll want to turn to the Old Tes­ta­ment (per­haps Psalms or Proverbs at first), but start with the Bi­ble’s cen­ter: Je­sus Christ.

Fi­nally, ask God to guide you as you read. Ask him to help you un­der­stand what the pas­sage is all about, and ask him also to help you ap­ply it to your life. Even if you only read a para­graph or two at a time, God can use it to tell you of his love, and teach you how to live. Let the Psalmist’s prayer be­come yours: “Open my eyes that I may see won­der­ful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18).

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