“How do I get – and stay – consistent with reading my Bible?” I get asked this question about as much as any other. You struggle with it. I struggle with it. In this busy, noisy world, I find very few people who don’t struggle with consistency when it comes to Bible reading.
There are so many reasons we’re NOT consistent. Schedule reasons. Attitude reasons. Spiritual reasons. Discipleship reasons. Procrastination reasons. Enjoyment reasons.
These are just scratching the surface.
But there is hope! You CAN be consistent in your Bible reading!
I’m not going to walk through every answer for each of the reasons listed above. What I am going to do is walk through the five ways that have helped the most number of people as I have processed this struggle with literally hundreds of people over the years.
If you like video scroll down a couple inches. If you prefer to read…scroll a few more inches.
Pssst…You can find this video (and a bunch more!) on my YouTube Channel. Make sure you don’t miss a new video by clicking this Subscribe button…
The 1st Way: The Attitude
Consistency is hard. Period. Somehow we have the misconception that if we love God and believe the Bible, spending time with God by reading the Bible should be easy. But it’s not.
Life is busy. Life is noisy. Not to mention the last thing the enemy wants is for you to enjoy your time in the Word.
Know that consistency is going to be hard. It sounds simple, but acknowledging the challenge will make it easier to be consistent. However, thinking it will be easy will lead to quitting the moment the challenge comes.
The 2nd Way: The Time
I once heard someone say, “The best time to read your Bible is whenever you will read your Bible.” I completely agree.
Too often we get the idea that early morning is the “right” time to read your Bible. It is…IF that’s when you can be consistent. But what if you have a newborn who gets up at 5:30? What if you work the night shift?
Some people have told me they drop the kids at school and then spend time reading. One guy told me he spent his lunch hour – which was extremely consistent – in his car with his lunch and his Bible. Some say right before bed is the most relaxing and consistent.
Whenever works for you is the best time. But find a consistent time. I have yet to meet someone who consistently read the Bible “whenever they found the time.” It just doesn’t work.
The 3rd Way: The Location
This is the least intuitive of the five. Find a consistent place. It can be a room in your house, the corner of a coffee shop, or your favorite chair.
For me, it’s the far corner of our living room couch. It’s not where I normally sit to watch TV, read a book, or work. It’s my “Bible reading spot.” And I look forward to sitting there each morning. When you look forward to something, consistency is easier.
The 4th Way: The Person
This tip is based on one principle: Anything we talk about we get more interested in.
Find someone to talk about the Bible with. It can be a small group of men, women, or a few couples. If you find people to discuss what you’re reading with, you will enjoy it more, learn more, and grow more. All of these will lead to more consistent Bible reading.
Quick Note: This is the way that is most frequently ignored. (Don’t do that.)
The 5th Way: The “Inconsistency” Principle
Become consistent at being inconsistent. Yup. You read that correctly.
Doing the same exact Bible study (or method) every day will not lead to consistency. It will lead to boredom!
Do a book study. Then study a person. Then do a Rapid Bible Read Thru. Then study a theme (like holiness, creation, or heaven). Mix it up and you’ll find yourself more consistent each day.