With the New Year starting tomorrow many of you may be planning to start reading your Bible more. I think that is the best thing you can do. Nothing will fill you up or get you through life better than daily devotions. It has been so important for my daily life and for my relationship with the Lord. It always amazes me that God has me read scripture that speaks directly to my situation at that moment.
Let me give you some important tips to creating the habit of daily reading:
- Do it at the Same Time Everyday: Consistency is the key to daily reading and reading at the same time everyday will solidify that more than anything else. It doesn’t matter if you’re a morning person or a night owl set aside the same time everyday to read and you’ll be more likely to do it.
- Do it in the Same Place: Not is time important but the place is as well. That way you can have all of your reading materials there ready. Even if you do everything electronically and you carry it with you, having a familiar place to read that is quiet will make you more consistent. Next to chair I read in is a table with all my stuff ready to go.
- Stick to a Plan: Randomly reading the Bible will only get you so far. Reading plans give you something to read everyday. It doesn’t have to be a lot but it has to have you on pace to get all of God’s word in you. You Version on your phone or tablet has thousands of reading plans to get you on your way. One piece of advice though, make sure the plan actually has you reading the Bible and not just a devotional written by someone else. These are good but should only augment your Bible reading.
I hope you make your daily devotion a part of your life this year. It has been part of mine for twenty years now and I couldn’t imagine a day without it.