I struggled with this piece, because really, I could write it in one sentence: The only bad way to study your Bible is to NOT DO IT.
See? Easy and simple. Done.
But nothing in life is ever that simple, is it? And studying the Bible is a complex and often intimidating endeavor.
Just like with any practice of our faith, and no matter how good our intentions, we will fall short. I don’t say that to discourage you, but to assure you that it’s normal and that no one (including God) expects perfection. If I can be real for a minute, I’ll confess that I have approached reading the Bible with a bunch of attitudes that have prevented me from getting the most out of it. Somehow, probably because God is more generous than I can fathom and because there’s such depth to the word of God, I’ve walked away, nearly every time, with a nugget of wisdom or a deeper sense of peace. I bet you have, too.
Read on and see if any of these thoughts have passed through your mind, and then let’s pray together for help overcoming and understanding.
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