Churches across the USA and around the world encourage people to be daily Bible readers. They often track and post how many chapters their members have read each week. There’s definitely a place for this rapid racing through Scripture, because if give you a breadth that you may not have had before.
But there is also a significant place for reading the Bible more slowly—slowly enough to think about what you are reading, to really grasp the meaning, get a feel for why the biblical writer is saying this, and feeling the impact of it in your own heart and life.
Like the girl pictured here, lie down in the grass, lean back against a tree, or sit on your porch or balcony and slow down your reading of God’s word. In fact, I would recommend reading one paragraph over and over again for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then reading that same paragraph the same way each day for a week. By the end of the week, you should be able to say all or most of it from memory and explain to someone else what it means and why it’s important.
Let me give you an example of how this works. John 12:42-50 might be your section for a week to read slowly. Think about and meditate on the people who believed in Jesus but for fear of the Pharisees were not willing to confess their faith. Sadly, they loved human praise more than God’s.
That’s a summary of vv. 42-43. Does anything Jesus says in vv. 44-46 pertain to their situation? What about vv. 47-50? Think about it, and give me your answer in your comment below. Let’s read this passage more slowly.