Where Do I Start? (Part 1)
January 22, 2015
“15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17
Part One: When?
The first step to developing a personal habit of daily Bible reading is to decide if you are a morning person or a night person. You probably already know which one you are. If not, consider:
- If going to bed before midnight seems early, you are a night person.
- If getting sleepy during supper is the norm, you are a morning person.
- If waking up at 7 am feels like you have slept the day away, you are morning person.
- If waking up at 7 am feels like the middle of the night, you are a night person.
- If you eat breakfast when most people are eating lunch, you are a night person.
- If you crave a mid-morning snack when most people are having breakfast, you are a morning person.
- If Daylight Savings never stresses you out because you are usually awake when the time changes, you are a night person.
- If you panic the night of Daylight Savings, you are probably a morning person.
- If you love a fresh cup of coffee before everyone wakes up, you are a morning person.
- If you love hot tea after the Late-Late Show, you are a night person.
You get the idea. You are (probably) either a night person or a morning person. It is important to identify which you claim to be because that time period is when you want to start your time with God. When it comes to reading the Bible, you want it to be during the time you are most alert. Where your mind can be most “in tune” with what God is saying from His Word.
I don’t think one is “more holy or sacred” than the other. Jesus practiced both. There were times when He got up early to be with God (Mark 1:35). There were times when He prayed all night (Luke 6:12). Similarly, the psalmist spent time with God in both the morning (Psalm 59:16) and the evening (Psalm 141:2).
So what about you? When are you most alert? When is your mind fully awake?