Do you ever feel like you’re missing something? Like you’re not seeing the big picture? At times we may feel as if we are focusing so much on a small thing that we lose sight of how that small thing fits in with the larger whole. Some have described this as “missing the forest for the trees.”
In a previous blog post I described a way of reading and studying the Bible that seems unconventional yet highly beneficial. After trying that out on a few books of the Bible, I found myself in a place of feeling like I was missing something. When you spend a lot of time reading and studying one part of the Bible, it becomes easy to lose sight of the big picture story of all the Bible.
In light of that, I have tried a new approach to reading and studying the Bible. For two weeks, I choose one book of the Bible to read and re-read. Using the approach in the post linked above, I recorded my thoughts and gleanings from my reading and study. I have gotten through Amos, James, and 1 Peter. In the alternating two weeks, I started at the beginning of the Bible, right at Genesis, and read as much as I could in those two weeks. After taking two weeks again to choose another book of the Bible, I return where I left off to reading the whole Bible. Using this way of doing things, I have had two weeks of closely examining the “trees” and two weeks of seeing the big picture (the forest). For now, I will keep up this plan and see how it goes.
Sometimes, I think I tinker too much with my personal approach to reading and studying the Bible! As pastor, I want to be an example to you and also find that sharing my thoughts helps sharpen me. Hopefully, this post sharpens you. I hope that you take time to prayerfully consider how you are going about the approach of Bible study in your own life. You should not say, “I’ve read all that. I have it covered.” Instead, pray that God would give you a hunger for His Word and ask, “God, what are You saying to me in Your word today?”