Learning Lessons Through the Bible
Reading with intention
I’m guilty of not reading the Bible daily, but I shouldn't really feel guilty about it, right? This book is filled with knowledge and wisdom that everyone can learn from.
You don't have to be spiritual or religious to read the Bible, it’s there for anyone to read, You can also pick and choose what you want to take away from it.
Many people (like myself) learn through stories and different parables. It’s easier to learn from these readings because it’s so relatable, even in today's day and age.
The Bible is one of those books where you can open it on any page and start reading a story. You may end up opening it to the middle of a story but it will make you want to go back and start from the beginning.
This is one of the most underrated books of all time but it does also take time to truly understand some of the lessons that are contained in it. There are scenarios in the bible where you may not understand what’s going on or even understand the point of the story.
I found myself doing this pretty much every time I start reading it but I end up looking up the overall lesson and then go back and read it again. Think about all the other books you’ve read in your life, some books were exciting from the beginning and others were hard to understand until you go to the middle of the book.
I find that the best books usually have the hardest concepts to understand, but if you read it enough, you'll find one sentence or page where all of it makes sense.
Books can be looked at as puzzles, if you have enough patience and figure out which pieces go where, you’ll complete the puzzle and want to move on to a more advanced one.
The bible has many lessons to gain but you have to be willing to put in the time and effort to discover which lessons will be most beneficial for you. This scripture may not be for everyone but I guarantee that if you take enough time to digest the information given, you’ll learn a life lesson that will carry on with you forever.
Find a Story That Relates to You
You may have heard of the different books of the bible and how each of them has a lesson that can be learned from them. Well, to be honest, that is true but not every store\y will relate to your life in the current moment.
Also, some of the lessons you have already learned are based on everyday life but it’s always nice to read or listen to a lesson in a different way you learned the first time.
The book of Job has really been resonating with me as of recently simply because I find myself struggling in some shape way or form daily. The book of Jo starts off with a man named Job who is known for having a lot of wealth and also great relationships with his family and friends.
The devil ends up having a conversation with God and asks if he can put Job to the test. Basically seeing if Job would betray God. God told the devil to go ahead and test him but not kill him.
So as Job was having lunch one day with his peers, he gets news from one of his servants saying that his sheep had run away and later on he gets a message that his house was destroyed and lastly, he gets a message that his children passed away.
These were the tests that the devil put onto Job and boy was he not happy. Job stayed strong in his belief in God but there were times when he questioned why God was having him live his life like this.
Job didn't give up faith and by the end of the story, Job received everything back he had originally plus double of the wealth he had before as well. It just goes to show that there will be times in life where it seems like nothing is going your way.
You have to stop and ask yourself if all the struggle you’re going through now is worth it? It definitely is and if you have faith in whatever you believe you will eventually be rewarded, you just have to believe which is easier said than done.
Build a Habit of Reading Every Day
The bible is an excellent choice to read daily if you’re trying to build a habit of reading. Just like anything you start out doing, it’s going to be a little annoying and you’re not going to have the motivation to do it daily.
The Bible is broken up into different verses where you don't have to be reading over 15 minutes each day if you don’t want to. What’s also nice is that you can learn a lot about yourself and the Word in those 15 minutes.
It’s almost like reading a textbook but with a lot more exciting details and examples being used. I never liked reading straight from textbooks because it's just a bunch of facts written in big paragraphs and by the time you finished reading any section that was assigned to you, you end up forgetting everything anyways.
It’s really beneficial to be reading every day, you become more knowledgeable about certain topics over time which allows you to enter into different conversations with some confidence.
Have you ever been someone who was in the middle of two people talking but you couldn't butt in because you had no idea what to say. Unfortunately, you won't enter into that conversation gracefully until you either start hanging around them more or you start reading educating yourself on what they’re talking about.
People are usually impressed with individuals who are knowledgeable in almost every conversation, it’s also a good hack to have if you’re more of the shy type.
You want to be able to have a say so in almost every conversation you’re in, it shows that you do your research on that you probably be of value to anyone you meet.
How often are you reading and how often are you learning? Again, the bible is a great start to becoming the wise person that everyone knows. There are a lot of people who have never read the bible before, so why not spread the knowledge you gained from it. People will ask you how you’re so knowledgeable and you can give them a response of “the Bible.”
It Will Always Be There
Bibles do tend to collect a lot of dust over time because there’s a period of life where people use them and there’s a period where we forget about them. Your bible will always be there and you can use it at any time in your life.
Take into consideration having a physical copy and also a mobile version on your phone. The physical copy is great for when you’re at home, and the mobile version is good for when you’re on the road.
There will be times when you’re either out in public or when you’re at work where you wouldn't mind reading a few verses from the bible. You’re going to have to push yourself every now and then to read the bible because there are parts in there that aren’t the most entertaining to read but are necessary in order to understand the whole lesson.
It’s there for you to read, try your best not to take it for granted. It’s a book that will stay with you no matter how far you go. I’ll leave you with a quote from J.C. Ryle that says
“Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition. It can only be obtained by diligent, regular, daily, attentive reading.”