When I read the Bible, I find myself reading it two ways, mostly. I either consume big chunks at a time, reading whole chapters or even complete books of the Bible. I listen to the whole storyline, imaging the characters, thinking about themes and lessons. Oftentimes, I actually listen to the words on my Bible App audio bible, not even getting caught up in the reading chapter and verse. I imagine that someone is telling me the story for the first time, recounting a tale handed down from generation to generation.
Another way I study scripture is much more analytical in nature. I will take a small chunk of scripture that intrigues me and dive in deep. I look at the specific words, wondering why the author chose them. I look up different meanings of the words. I look at the sentence structure. I memorize verses that have deep meaning to me, committing them to memory. I ask God to explain it to me in a new way.
Both ways are useful to me, and both have a common purpose. Whenever I open my Bible (or Bible app!), I’m asking God to speak to me. And He doesn’t let me down.
What ways do you study scripture?