Tip #4 – Reflect on what you read.
Reading the Bible in the course of one year is a feat you should be proud of. Many people never accomplish it. The problem is if you only read it and never reflect on it then you will never relate to it. If you can’t relate to it then you will never apply it.
The process of reflection is really just the simple act of asking questions. The right question can make the text come to life and find perspective. Here are a few questions you can ask to get you started with understanding the tension in a passage.
- Who are the major players and why are they involved?
- Why did they respond the way they did?
- What were the consequences or benefits of their actions?
Once you understand your current passage it’s time to point the magnifying glass towards yourself. Here you ask questions to discover what God might be asking of you in light of the main characters conflict. Here are some questions that might help.
- Is the something God wants me to do?
- Is there something that God wants changed in my attitude?
- Is there a truth that I need to acknowledge?
- Is there something that I ought to be praising God for?
There are many other questions that you could ask but I think that will get you started just fine.