A fairly common occurrence at the racetrack is someone asking me what the Bible says about a particular subject or what my interpretation of a verse is. I honestly love those conversations because its thought provoking for both of us and we each gain some new perspective.
Recently during one of these conversations I recited a verse to which the other person couldn’t believe was actually in the Bible. They were familiar with the Bible, grew up in the church, but as life got busy their Bible reading faded. Since their story is a recurring struggle for many, let’s remind ourselves about the importance of Bible reading and then look at some easy ways to start incorporating it into our daily lives better.
1. As the written word of God, the Bible is His message to us. We gain insight into His nature and character, which helps us grow in our intimacy with Him. “If anyone loves me he will cherish my word; my Father will love him and we will come to him and make him our abode.” John 14:23-24
2. Reading the Bible gives us the standard to measure our decisions against and help us guide our adventure in life with. This is key to discerning the voice of God against the temptations we face. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
3. The Bible brings encouragement and hope. I personally love listening to the news and hearing what’s going on in the world. Thankfully, we have the Bible to speak truth to us in the middle of what looks like chaos. Romans 15:4 says, “And the scriptures were written to teach and encourage us by giving us hope.”
Reading the Bible is to our benefit so lets explore some great ways of getting the Word into our daily lives. First, embrace the technology in your phone. We look at our devices a 100 times a day so plant a Bible application right on the main screen as a reminder. Our family uses the YouVersion Bible app. Brooke also put on all our devices a feature in the app that gives you a verse of the day as a pop up notification. I always see that verse and then can easily read more around that verse by opening the pop up.
If you are new to Bible reading and need a good starting spot I’d recommend reading through the book of Mark or John first. Mark is easy to read and accounts more about what Jesus did. John focuses on who Jesus was more. There are a zillion Bible translations out there right now. While some get hung up on different ways they were interpreted, let’s just make sure we’re reading the Bible. I have been using the New American Standard Bible (NASB) - which you will see in a drop down menu of any Bible application.
If you are really struggling to read then a great way to get going is to start a devotional. I have many devotionals I can give for free to you that have a motorsports theme, and have many posted on the Always Racing website. Most apps have devotionals that you can search through topically to find something that fits your current situation. When you see the verse used in the devotional look it up and read the entire chapter or surrounding chapters for context and additional encouragement.
Finally, establish a routine – but change it up a bit. Think through your day and when you historically have a down moment and make that a time for Bible reading. Personally, I like to read before bed and right when I get up in the am. However, it’s good to change things up a bit. Reading at a different time, and for different lengths is sometimes just what I needed.
If you need anything at all to help you get going or motivated for Bible reading please let me know. I can provide you Bible and devotionals for free as well. Let’s make Bible reading a priority again!