I recently started reading a book by Keith Ferrin called How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible. The back of the book says, “Do you feel like you should read the Bible more? This book will help you want to read it.”
I must admit, this is a book I really need. It’s not just about spending more time in the Bible, it’s about the type of time you spend in it. And one of the things that Ferrin talks about early on is the difference between reading the Bible and studying it.
I’m a studier. I like to get out my Bible, get a workbook, be asked specific questions, and then go find the answer and write it down in my book. I can do this for a topical study or for the study of a particular book (though I prefer topical studies.)
But how much am I really taking in by doing this? Am I really understanding the bigger picture? Am I letting it speak to me?
I’ve never really enjoyed sitting down to just read because I find that when I do, my mind wanders and I don’t feel like I’m remembering very much. But maybe the key isn’t about how much I can remember. Maybe it’s about giving the Bible an opportunity to speak to me. Maybe it’s about spending time with God in a relational way, not a teacher-student way.
So, I’m spending a lot of time with this book by Keith Ferrin and really paying attention to what it is saying. I’m putting aside my study methods of the Bible and I’m spending my time just reading. I’m letting life lead me to what I read and I’m following the challenges set forth in the book. I’ll let you know how it goes and my review of the book will be up in a couple of weeks.
How about you? Are you a reader, a studier, a combination of both? Do you enjoy reading your Bible? Let me know in the comments.