Disciplined Bible Reading
During this time of quarantine, I’ve finally figured out how to incorporate exercise into my daily life. To consistently exercise, I realized structure is necessary for me. Each day, I need a precise schedule to follow on what to do and how to do it – rest days included. Left to my own devices, I would just find random videos to follow with no real plan and no real progress. Reflecting on the physical and mental success I’ve experienced using a structured exercise routine, I’ve realized this can easily translate into consistently reading the Bible. Just as I’m diligently using a workout plan, I can be just as diligent in working through a Bible reading plan – one I create myself or one I discover.
Even with a set Bible study schedule, I know some days God will lead me to do other things that stray from this routine. But on all days, I’ll be confident in knowing that all scripture is God-breathed and He’s always with me, giving me wisdom, knowledge and understanding, no matter if I’m doing a Bible study plan or a going with the flow (2 Timothy 3:16). Just as I’m becoming physically fit. I will become more spiritually fit and mature as well.
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:7-10 NIV)
How can you make reading God’s word a priority every day in your life? What changes and sacrifices do you need to make to spend time with God in His word? What area in your life are you the most disciplined? How can you translate this same discipline to reading the Bible?
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