Bible Study: Avoiding the Bog
There’s nothing boring about the Bible.
In my own reading of Genesis through today there’s been: Creation, the debut of the Satan, the original fall into sin, one brother murdering the other, polygamy, a global flood, a naked daddy, and all-out war. The Bible isn’t just the most important book in the world; It is also the most fascinating. Still, there are those days when the reading isn’t as exhilarating as some other parts. There’s also the potential for getting bogged down in reading just for the sake of finishing the assigned reading. So, here’s some tips for AVOIDING THE BOG:
1. Create the right environment. How would you take really important phone calls? You would likely get away from distractions and focus ONLY on that call. Consider your time with God in Bible study your personal call from Him. Set an appointment with God. Protect it. You’ll be amazed how that becomes a great habit that you CANNOT pull away from. Just make yourself do so for 2-3 weeks.
2. Ask the right questions. There should always be some questions that help bring the reading into focus:
- Who wrote this? How does he fit into the story?
- What is the context? Is this an ongoing narrative, or a re-telling of something previously stated (like Gen. 2 retelling Gen.1), or poetry?
- Is this PREscriptive or DEscriptive? Some things in the Bible are instructive/prescribed, but some are just descriptions of things that happened – without telling us to DO them.
- How does this fit into the overall biblical epic of creation-catastrophe-prep for Jesus-Jesus on earth-Jesus working through His church-New Heaven and Earth?
3. Bring the right tools.
- A Bible you can understand. (I study from NKJV and teach from NIV)
- Something to write down insights either in the margin of your Bible or in a journal. YouVersion allows for typing in those insights online.
- Steaming hot coffee with hazelnut creamer and one sweeter, Truvia preferably [personal preference ]
4. Repeat often: Reading the Word of God is something I GET to do, NOT something I HAVE to do.
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