One of the main reasons a lot of us probably have a hard time reading our Bibles with consistency is because it can feel dry or boring to us. We find ourselves falling asleep more than falling in love with the Law, as we see David doing in Psalm 119.
It can be really difficult to stay focused while reading Scripture, let alone get excited about what it tells us about who God is and who we are.
I am thankful that I attended Taylor University for a multitude of reasons, and one of those reasons is that I got to study a bit with a guy by the name of Dr. Phil Collins (no, not that one; the other one). Phil is an incredible professor: he knows his material, he loves his students, he loves his family, and he loves the Word of God.
Phil and Dr. Steven Bird (a master statistician) have been working together for a number of years on a Scripture Engagement project through Taylor University, and have established the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement. My wife Susie got to help out in some of the early stages of this project on a trip to Singapore, and it has been a joy for me to see Phil’s passion for the Word of God translate into this important ministry.
He recently partnered with Bible Gateway to host a good amount of the practical material on their site. You need to check it out. The vision of the Center for Scripture Engagement is simply this: “to equip people to engage the Scriptures in ways that will drive evangelism, personal discipleship, worldview formation, and church planting.” Maybe you’ll consider partnering with them in some way.
Anyway, most days, I try to engage with Scripture in ways that go beyond simply reading it and putting it down. It helps me understand and think about what I’ve just read if I DO something with what I’ve just read. Maybe it’s the same for you. Here are five easy ways that you can engage with the Bible in such a way that you may get a little more out of your daily devos:
1. Journaling Scripture
This one is definitely my favorite, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best. My brain works in such a way that I might understand something 70% as well as I could when I read about it—I tend to be a pretty distracted reader at times. But usually I feel like if I write about something I read, I get all 100% out of what I read. I think this is why teachers and professors make us write papers about things.
When it comes to the Bible or any other book, really, I might get 70-80% out of it when I just sit and read it. But man, if I can write about it, I’ll really be rockin’-and-rollin’.
What’s journaling Scripture? It’s exactly what it sounds like: writing out questions, reflections, or any other thoughts you may have. A lot of times, I’ll just do a Discovery Bible Study in my journal, which is a great way to get deep into the text.
This is why I started blogging in the first place, long, long ago.
2. Hand Copying Scripture
This is my SECOND favorite way to engage Scripture beyond just reading it. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Instead of reading a passage and putting your Bible away after bumbling through names like Amminadab, Jehoshaphat, and others, take the time to write out the Scripture for yourself.
This might sound really boring and lame, but trust me, you’ll be surprised what you catch when you write it out for yourself.
There is a great tool for doing this, too! They’re called Journibles, and they help you both copy Scripture and engage with it like in the journaling method above. I’ve done the Romans Journible. I highly recommend you check those out.
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