For many Christians, reading the Bible consistently is a challenge.
In 2017, the American Bible Society reported that only 20% of Americans read their Bibles at least four times each week. This means that 80% of Americans read Scripture less frequently than that, if at all.
But God says his words are like food—“Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3). And no human can survive without food. If we’re not eating, we starve.
And if we aren’t feeding on God’s Word consistently, so will our souls.
Read Your Bible, Feed Your Soul
When our newborn baby entered the world, everything changed—especially our sleep patterns. There were mornings when my husband and I struggled to peel ourselves out of bed to meet with the Lord in his Word. But the struggle was worth it. Most mornings, we fought the temptation to keep sleeping (only by God’s grace) and were grateful we did, as it meant starting our day in communion with him through Scripture and prayer.
It meant feeding our souls.
Hearing God speak through our Bibles was a game-changer for us:
- He hid his Word in our hearts and would bring it to mind by his Spirit.
- He renewed our minds, setting them on eternal matters, and gave us eyes to see through this perspective moment-by-moment.
- He gave us his armor to help us fight sin and temptation.
- He reminded us that Christ is our highest joy and our most valued treasure.
I’ve heard it said, you don’t remember every meal you’ve eaten, but the meals you’ve eaten have sustained you. We may not recall every Scripture we’ve read, but God sustains our trust in him as we choose to consistently feed on his Word.
14 Ideas to Make Your Reading More Consistent
There’s no one way to open Scripture—everybody’s devotional time will look different—but there is a right way to pursue it: consistently.
As you seek God in his Word, begin by asking him to give you an ever-deepening desire for this pursuit. Call on him to help you put away the distractions of tiredness, tasks, and trivialities. Plead with him for eyes to see the glory of Christ in Scripture, and for ears to hear the good news of the gospel in everything you read.
Then, commit to reading every day—even if only for five minutes at first—and pursue specific ways to make this reading a habit. Here are several ideas for you, in no particular order: