“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Studying God’s Word to learn more about Him and how we as Christians are to grow daily can be very enlightening at times. But there are moments—more often than not— when we open the Bible only to close it shortly after because we either lack the motivation or it just seems so foreign to what we are going through.
This lack of engagement with the Bible is something all Christians experience. In order to help you bust through the walls of discouragement in your daily Bible study, we’ve put together 4 simple ways you can enhance your time with the Word of God. Take a look!
#1: Temper Expectations
Just like trying to get back into shape or starting a new habit, things aren’t going to change overnight. Expecting earth-shattering revelation every time you read the Bible will only lead to discouragement.
However, just because you don’t see a change in your life doesn’t mean it’s not occurring. Engaging in God’s Word prepares us for the future in order to handle those sharp, unexpected turns in our lives.
#2: Don’t Forget About Prayer
Although we can “hear” from God as we read the Bible, there’s a unique interaction when we take time to speak with Him through prayer.
Although we can learn about our friends and family by reading about them and the things they accomplish, it’s nothing like sitting down and having a conversation with them. Ask God to reveal something about Himself before you even open the Bible.
#3: Set Time Aside to Study
Sometimes life can get so busy, you forget to brush your teeth or even eat. Trying to cram a few moments into your schedule to engage in God’s Word sometimes seems like an impossible task. It’s helpful to designate a specific block of time to read the Bible.
You may not be able to spend the same amount of time each day, but being intentional about interacting with God’s Word will be beneficial in the long run.
#4: Observe the Change in Your Life
Similar to how Jesus works in our lives, the Bible does so from the inside out. The last part of Luke 6:45 says, “for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” What we do and say is a reflection of what’s inside our hearts—our true self.
Look for moments in your life in which you said or reacted differently from you had in the past since you started studying the Bible more. Let the change you see in your life encourage you to dig deeper into God’s Word.