So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ (Romans 10:17).
When it comes to reading the Bible, we know it’s a great idea to do it daily to grow in Christ. But sometimes, life gets in the way, or we don’t make time for it. If you’re like me, you start strong with a plan to read the Bible every day, but something happens, and you miss a day—or two or three.
But don’t give up! It’s always possible to start again. In fact, why not start right now?
I’m going to share with you five tips for creating a Bible listening plan that has worked for me, and maybe it will work for you, too:
1. Pick a translation that you will understand. The her.BIBLE app is in the New Living Translation, which is very familiar and easy to understand.
2. Set aside time each day for listening. Whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour, try to find a time each day to sit down and focus on meeting with God in His Word.
3. Find a comfortable place to listen. You may want to sit in your favorite chair or go on a peaceful walk. Wherever you choose to listen, make sure it’s somewhere you will be comfortable and won’t be distracted by other things going on around you.
4. Start small. If you’re starting, don’t try to listen to an entire book of the Bible in one sitting. Instead, you can start with one chapter or section. As you get more used to listening, you may increase your time each day.
5. Ask God to show you how to live out his truth. As you listen to the Bible, you may encounter some truths that challenge you to live differently to honor God.
When we seek to live out God’s Word, we experience his work in our lives.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves (James 1:22).
*For further reflection, listen to James 1:22 today.
- James 1