Are You Existing on Bible Snacks?

Do you have a good plan for Bible reading? Do you think having one is important? Do you read the Word daily, or at least regularly? I’ve discovered, in my own life, that not having a plan means I’m planning to fail. And I’ve also learned that failure in this area leads to failure in other areas too.

So for a couple of years, I followed a Bible reading plan that I especially like because it’s a Bible genres plan. I find this gives me a more complete picture of the Word because it takes one chapter from the various literature styles in the Bible each day.

But when I first read about it, I thought 10 chapters a day? Too much!

But you know, I soon became addicted. And I started wondering how I had survived so long on the “Bible snacks” of hit and miss reading I’d had before! I’d come to need more of the Word! Although I’ve found in my own life that we enter different times and seasons in our life. There may be times when reading many chapters is what we need. And others when we need to take the Word in little bites and savor them slowly.

But the important thing is taking the Word in, and letting it change our lives.

God’s Word is life, and without it our spiritual life will fade and wane. It can create hope when hope is dying. Peace when war threatens our hearts and souls. Joy when sorrow overtakes. And new life within us, making us like our Lord and Savior.

Just as fire needs air, our spirits need light. Without it, our spiritual light will go out. But the more we feed it, the stronger our light will become.

Becoming a light that no darkness will ever be able to put out.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it, (John 1:1-5).

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7 thoughts on “Are You Existing on Bible Snacks?

  1. I rotate how I do my Bible reading every other year or two. For one year I will read five chapters a day to read the entire Bible in one year. Another year to two years, I will slow down on the reading. I will take one book and slowly go through it verse by verse over a month or two. Going at this rate I will usually get through only a few books in a year. This is the time I use to really get deeper into reading the Bible and really hearing more of what God is saying to me.

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    1. That’s a good plan Tom. What really counts is having a plan/plans that work for us – and sticking to them!! I usually also have a study time later in the day, though I don’t manage it every day. But as I work from home, I do have more time at my disposal than many people do. I’m glad I can manage both. But I have learned that I can’t survive on “Bible snacks”, which for me were just a quick reading of a chapter. Thanks for sharing your ideas too!

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      1. I am like you, in that I don’t always do my plan everyday as planned. But since I have a plan, it helps me stay with it much better, than without one.

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  2. Sheila, I started working on the Bible Study Plan you suggested…and doing it the …Integrative (?) way..Where you really study it deeply. Totally loving this and getting so much out of it. So much of a better and deeper understanding of the Bible and it sticks with me! That said, I do not get to it every day…although I try very hard but I’m trying not to beat myself up over it. I’ve been reading a couple of fabulous books in the last couple of months on Sabbath and Benedictine Spirituality – hope to get a blog out shortly. And I am hoping that this very practical knowledge I’ve acquired will help me spend more time with God each day.

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    1. Oh I’m so glad, Heather! The inductive Bible study method is great! It’s so necessary to delve into the Scriptures, and not just give them a quick reading. Hope you continue to learn much from your time with the Father!

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