• Rev'd Jonathan Cole

The value of daily Bible reading

Is daily Scripture reading part of your routine? If it is, that’s great! Keep on reading. If it isn’t, let me encourage you to take the opportunity at the start of a new financial year to think about adding it to your daily routine.

You see, there are a lot of voices in this world that compete for our attention. Everyone and everything wants us to buy into their worldview.

Of course, this is not to say that this is a bad thing. There are very important things we need to hear from others, especially the voices of the poor and oppressed, the marginalised and the victims. Without hearing their voices, we will continue to perpetuate the injustices they suffer.

But, in a world of competing voices, it’s important that the voice we hear from the most regularly is God’s. It’s important that we are reminded of how God sees the world, how much God loves us, and how God calls us to live out our love for him in our relationships and community.

What’s more, by reading the Bible daily, you’ll get to know God better. You’ll get to see God more clearly and have a better understanding of how to follow him.

If you are stuck for ideas on where you could start, there are numerous things I could suggest which you might want to look at. These include using a Lectionary and a Prayer Book for Morning and/or Evening Prayer, buying (or getting for free online) Scripture Union daily devotionals or picking up devotional books such as Reading Between the Lines (which I am currently reading). There are even devotionals that can be done as a family over breakfast and devotionals for different life stages, e.g. infants, young readers, upper primary, secondary etc.

For the more time pressed, you can even purchase daily devotional audio readings such as the NIV Audio Bible in One Year mp3s or audio CDs read by David Suchet (of Inspector Poirot fame) which you can simply play on your way to work/university or while doing things around the house.

While the benefit of Morning and/or Evening prayer is that it combines daily prayers with Scripture readings, they do not necessarily explain the meaning of the Scriptures that were read.

This becomes problematic when the passages for the day are particularly difficult or challenging parts of the Scriptures (such as the imprecatory Psalms or the book of Revelation).

On the other hand, devotional books and other small resources, can help you dig further into the Scriptures and understand their meaning, but you can miss out on much of the richness of the prayers in our Prayer Book.

What I would like to encourage everyone to do is, if you do not already, find some time to read the Scriptures daily. Spend some time listening to the most important voice in the world so that you can know God more deeply and engage and transform the heart and soul of Canberra


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