When you read your Bible, are you asking questions of the text to develop a greater understanding of what the writers are conveying? Remember, our goal is to know what the text means, not “what does it mean to me?” Quite frankly, what it means to you is of no value. When reading the Bible, we must know what the text is communicating to us because we are learning what God is communicating to us. One of the most effective ways to understand the Bible is by asking questions while you read. Here are a few suggestions:
- Who is involved? Who is speaking? Who is acting?
- When did this event take place (what day of week, what hour of the day, relationship to some other event)?
- Where did the action take place (what city, what specific location such as a home or on a mountain, etc.)?
- What took place?
- What sin is presented that I should forsake?
- What command is given that I should obey?
- What promise has God made?
- Why did this event take place?
- How did the event occur?
- How do I put the principles taught in the passage into practice?
If you like to journal, or would like to start journaling through your Bible reading, why not use these questions to get started? I guarantee you’ll immediately find yourself enjoying and understanding the Scriptures more than you ever have before.