This is why the Bible is also a real treasure trove of wisdom, encouragement, and help. And that is only a small part of what is hidden in this “library”.
Indeed, the term “Bible” comes from the word and meaning of a “library”. Did you know that this one book actually consists of 66 different books, the writing of which took an incredibly long period of time and was carried out by a wide variety of people?
In it we find secretaries from all walks of life, historical epochs and cultural backgrounds and yet God’s message runs clearly through all 66 parts! This is one of the reasons why it is said that the Bible was inspired by God. How else could a book that has been compiled in such a diverse way, spanning millennia, have a continuous red thread if there wasn’t someone behind it who wanted to convey something concrete to the reader? Tips
Bible reading, yes – but how?
Many find it difficult to read this long book. Often it fails because of a very simple question:
“Where and how do I start?”
At the beginning? In the middle? Or even at the end? What do terms like “Old and New Testament” mean? Why are there Bible editions with Apocrypha, while in some editions most of the Old Testament is omitted?
For many questions, it helps to know Christians who have been in the faith for a long time, who are sure to be happy to answer these questions or to help find the answer
Here are a few tips from us:
Pray before, during, and after reading the Bible.
The Bible is God’s word and he wants to speak to everyone personally. Therefore, talk to God when you open the Bible. Ask him the questions that concern you. His Holy Spirit will help you read and give you unexpected contexts and revelations.
Schedule Bible reading into your day.
Take your time for God’s word. If you read the Bible regularly, you will soon see how good it is for you and that you want more and more of it.
It is helpful if you plan fixed times in your day. Just start doing it in your personal time with God, e.g. B. in the morning before the day starts or in the evening before bed.
Jesus is the beginning and the finisher.
For Christians, Jesus is the linchpin of life. So feel free to start with the New Testament. Here you can experience Jesus directly in the four Gospels right at the beginning, follow his speeches and experience his deeds.
Then it goes straight to the experiences of the first Christians and a collection of letters that will answer important questions of faith.
Small steps, but constant.
Very few people read a large book of this size in a short time. Even experienced frequent readers need a few days or weeks to write a tome of several hundred pages. So you’re in good company if you can’t read the Bible in one day! And if what you have read is not just supposed to “put one eye in and the other out again”, then the head also needs some time to process what has been recorded. So take your time, go ahead by chapter, paragraph or sentence and don’t worry about your reading speed. Do it like you would with mountaineering: slowly but steadily, so that you always move forward, but you don’t run out of breath halfway and you can also enjoy God’s wonderful creation at the same time.
Even if you don’t feel like reading the Bible (which, by the way, is completely normal …), read at least a few sentences from God’s Word if possible. Sometimes less is more and hits your current nail right on the head. God knows you and wants to speak to you.
What do you need right now?
There are days when there are emotional focal points. B. simply need consolation, encouragement or advice, or in which we are particularly interested in a topic. Then it can help to know where to find them best, because some books in the Bible contain clear subject areas.