A few years ago, I determined to read the entire Bible, cover to cover. I loved discovering the symmetry between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Many of the great sermons and passages in the New Testament were delivered to people who were very familiar with the Old Testament, and the point was to establish that Jesus was the fulfillment of the promises and prophecies that the Old Testament contained.

I have learned that studying God’s Word is one of the best ways to get to know Him better and allow Him to shine a light on our hearts and lives. I also listen to podcasts of serious students of the Bible, and that continues to motivate me to grow and learn more about what God is telling me in those pages.

If you come to a passage that you don’t understand when reading the Bible, ask a friend or mentor who is more familiar with Scripture, or look for an explanation or study resources online. The important thing is to stick with it. Make the daily habit of opening the Bible, reading, meditating on it, and letting it seep into your mind and heart.