6 Bible Study Tips For How To Read the Bible… And Actually Understand It

The Bible can be confusing, mom life can be busy, but these Bible study tips will go deeper and enjoy more spiritual growth.

Do you love some good Bible study tips?

Reading the Bible can be confusing and difficult. But if you want to enjoy it, if you want to have a deeper relationship with God, you have to read the Bible. 

And when that’s confusing or you’re struggling to stay consistent, Bible study tips can be really helpful!

So today, I want to share 6 tips to help you not only spend more time reading the Bible but understanding it and enjoying it.

Let’s dive in.

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I'm busy... why should I read the Bible?

I know you’re a busy mom. 

Christian family life is a lot. The schedule is full, family relationships can be challenging, and you may fall in bed at the end of the day wondering what really got accomplished. 

Well, if you read the Bible that day, a lot got accomplished!

You may be a wife, a mom, a sister, an employee – but first and foremost, you are a daughter of the King. Spending time with God is always worth it!

God loves you and He wants to have a special relationship with you. His Word (the Bible) gives you wisdom, peace, and helps you to know him better and better.

As you try to read the Bible, I hope that these Bible study tips help, and I would love to hear some of your favorite tips for understanding the Bible!

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It's old... Why should I read the Bible?

Reading the Bible can be confusing. It was written thousands of years ago, to people in a very different culture. 

But God tells us that the Bible still matters. In fact, Hebrews 4:12 tells us:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

Even though the original audience for the Bible was a long, long time ago, it is still alive and active today!

God is still working in the world, and in your life. And it the best way to get to know Him is to read his Word. It is still alive. It is sharp and powerful. It matters.

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It's confusing... How do I read the Bible?

The Bible can definitely be confusing! That’s why I think these Bible study tips are so helpful. They can give you direction and encouragement when you need it.

So let’s dive into 6 helps for reading the Bible and understanding it better.

1. Context

When you read the Bible, it really helps to read it in context. Yes, the “verse of the day” is a popular gimmick, but it is not a helpful way to read, understand, and enjoy the Bible.

You could read an entire chapter at a time. Or with some short books and letters in the Bible, read the whole thing in one sitting! At a minimum, when you read the Bible it will help to read an entire paragraph or section, to make sure you are really getting a full picture of the context. 

God is not trying to be sneaky. He wants you to get to know him! And reading the Bible in context will help.

2. Consistency

To get the most value from any particular day reading the Bible, you have to be consistent with reading the Bible.

The more you read it, the more you will understand it. And from there, the more you will enjoy that time in God’s Word. 

It’s okay if some days are really quick and others are long. (You’re a busy mom, after all!) Consistency does not mean that every day is the same. It means that your effort is regular, persistent, and when you miss a few days you just pick back up as soon as you can.

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3. Read it in community

Yes, you will benefit the most from consistent time alone with God. Many people call this a daily “quiet time” or their personal “devotional time.”

But this little Bible study tip builds on this daily personal habit. If you want to really get more comfortable and confident in reading the Bible, read it in community too!

Join a women’s Bible study at your church or gather a small group of friends to read the Bible together. It will help to hear other people’s thoughts and questions. You can wrestle through your Bible reading together, to help everyone understand more.

4. Read with a willingness to confess

While God’s Word is perfect… we are not. 

And so, when you read the Bible, you need to be willing to humble yourself before God. Reading the Bible will sometimes spark confession.

Actually, it will usually spark some form of confession every time you read it! Reading the Bible helps us to recognize our sins (and confess them to God) but it also helps us to better see God’s character. Then, we confess praises to his glorious Name!

If you regularly read the Bible but don’t find yourself seeing much need to confess or seek the Holy Spirit’s help… you aren’t reading with a good understanding of who God is.

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5. Seek answers to your questions in great commentaries

When you’re reading the Bible, you will have questions. And it’s easy to stop there – especially when you’re busy!

If there’s barely time to read the Bible, you want it to be meaningful and enjoyable.

But the simple reality is, spiritual growth doesn’t happen without some work.

So lean into it! Jot down your questions, and find some good commentaries or teachers that you can trust, and seek to go deeper with the Lord.

6. Expect some confusion

Even with great commentaries, reading consistently, and understanding the biblical context of what you’re reading… the Bible will be confusing sometimes.

And if you expect that going in, you’ll find it a lot less frustrating when it happens.

So, expect it. Seek answers, yes, but don’t let your intimacy with the Lord depend on your understanding every single thing in the Bible.

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I'm a busy mom... How do I make time for reading the Bible?

This could be its own topic for a full blogpost! It’s very true that Christian mom life is BUSY. But as we said at the beginning, it is still so valuable to make time for reading the Bible!

Here are 5 quick ideas:

  • Get up before your kids, so you can read the Bible and pray
  • Listen to the Bible on audio while you’re doing household tasks
  • Download a Bible app so you can read it on the go, in carline, or wherever else
  • When you pick up your phone to check social media, read the Bible first
  • Read the Bible with your kids in family devotions

Whatever it looks like in THIS season of life, take that time to read the Bible!

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