Push Through!


Be honest.  Have you ever read parts of the Bible and later asked yourself, “What did that mean?  Or, “What should I glean from that passage?”

First, let me say that certain chapters in the Bible can tax your patience! The reason parts of the Bible may seem like unnecessary reading to you is because they read like a catalog. I agree that genealogical listings don’t make for easy devotional material!  Try reading 1 Chronicles 23-27 in one sitting!

However, always remember that the Holy Spirit had a specific, necessary reason to include every word (every chapter) in the Bible.  After a while, you’ll come to understand redemption’s “bigger picture!”

But for now, let’s deal with where you are, okay?  I’m not sure how long you’ve known the Lord, but let me suggest that you find a translation of the Bible that’s easy to understand.  Some disagree with my recommendations, and that’s perfectly alright.  Many times I tell new Christians to buy a Living Bible.  This is not a translation (scholarly work), but it may help you more clearly understand what the Bible’s individual authors are trying to say. Another popular version is the Message Bible.  This, too, puts the Bible in everyday, easy-to-understand language.

Possible easier-reading translations include the New Living Translation, the New International Version, or perhaps the New American Standard version.  You may wish to stay away from the King James and New King James translations and the Amplified Bible until you have somewhat mastered the overall message of God’s Word.  My preferences only!

Continuity is also important when it comes to reading the Bible.  Don’t think in terms of how much you read each day.  Rather, establish a daily habit–same time, same place–and read slowly for the sake of understanding.  Jot down anything you don’t understand or any questions you may have, and ask a more seasoned believer to help you.

I usually recommend that less seasoned believers begin their Bible reading adventure in the Gospels–Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  These books are “snapshots” of the life of Jesus. You may also wish to begin reading the book of Psalms in the Old Testament.  Stay in the New Testament for a while, because:

1.  The details of the Law may weigh you down.
2.  The historical books quite often overlap.
3.  The wisdom literature gets emotionally heavy, and
4.  The Minor and Major Prophets can seem somewhat harsh.

Take your time!  Read slowly and deliberately.  It’s better to read a few verses and understand them than to read a few chapters and feel overwhelmed.  And since I have this opportunity, let me encourage you to obtain a free copy of my workbook, Running Your Race.  This simple guide for new believers and those who wish a refresher course will aid you in your Bible reading.  If you’re interested in receiving your free copy, email me at: rogerandloriloomis@gmail.com.

God bless you as you continue to read and study your Bible.  Find an accountability partner, and “little by little” share together the wonders of God’s Word!



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