Daily Bible Engagement

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So, What’s Your Plan?

by
Drew Heim

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (ESV) - Colossians 3:16
“Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” - Psalm 1:1-2

If you’re going to engage daily with God’s Word, you’ll need a plan. In our Day Four Reflection this week, we’ll provide some tips on Scripture meditation and memorization.  But today, we’ll focus on developing a daily plan for reading and applying God’s Word.  

When I was a senior in high school, the Lord began to stir my heart for Him. I remember waking up early each morning at sunrise, heading to my favorite lounge chair, and spending time reading the Bible and journaling. In many ways I didn’t know how to read the Bible, but God was gracious. Even on days when I fell back asleep in the chair, I still remember a growing love and excitement for God in His Word.  

In college, I remember listening to multiple sermons each week. I couldn’t get enough. My practice of Bible reading took on a whole new dimension as I learned and studied the deeper layers of God’s Word. It was amazing! In seminary, however, while my knowledge of Scripture increased my love for it seemed to wane. God was teaching me I could gain Scriptural knowledge but not actually have my heart open to God and his transforming love and power. That’s a hard lesson to learn.

Since those years, I have approached the Scriptures in many different ways. I listen to the Old Testament narrative books on my phone, memorizing chunks at a time. I read large portions in one sitting, prayerfully meditating on very small sections as I read them over and over (often a Psalm). And I use great study tools like BibleHub. Each of these have been especially meaningful for me in different seasons of my life. 

But, regardless of the approach, we must remember two things. First, having a consistent plan will help yield spiritual fruit in your life, and having variety in that plan can be very helpful. Second, spending time in God’s Word is not about checking a box or simply gaining knowledge. Rather, it’s time we get to meet with God!

Here are some important elements to consider in creating a plan:

  • Time and Location: Find a consistent time when you’re most awake and a location that is distraction free. What’s your best time and place to read God’s Word?  
  • Daily Plan: Knowing what you’ll read each day is essential. Consider reading one of the Gospels to know more about Jesus’ life and teaching. Maybe go through an unfamiliar Old Testament book. Ask group members about their Bible reading plans. Consider reading plans available on free Bible apps like: YouVersion (7M subscribers), ReadScripture (with Bible Project videos), Bible in One Year (with commentary by Nicky Gumbel). Where in the Bible will you begin reading? 
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you: Read a brief section of Scripture. Go slowly, allowing the words to go deep. Ask the Spirit to speak. Record what you sense He is saying. (In our Session 2 group meeting, we’ll use the “REAP” inductive Bible study method that provides questions as you read a passage).
  • Study Tools: Consider using a study Bible like the Life Application Study Bible, or tools like BibleHub.com or Biblestudytools.com that will deepen your understanding of a passage and offer suggestions on how to apply it.  
  • Spiritual Partner: Invite someone to read the same passage and share what you’ve learned with each other. 

reflect

Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. Meditate on the verses in the Reflect section. How could developing a plan for Daily Bible Engagement enable God’s Word to “dwell in you richly”?
  2. What’s your next step in making a Daily Bible Engagement plan? 
  3. Who can partner with you in reading the same daily passages and then share what they’ve learned with you (such as a spouse, friend, or another group member)? 

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

Isaiah 55:6-13
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