How God speaks through the Bible

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2 Timothy 3:16 (MSG) says, “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.”

Do you sometimes wonder if Timothy was reading the same Bible as you? 

A friend recently admitted to me, “I don’t know how to read God’s word. I try and read Bible chapters on my own, but I don’t hear or see God speak from it. I always pick things I don’t understand. How do you know what and where to read to get help from God?”

I connected with what she asked because I used to have the same questions.

I used to wonder if I was reading the bible wrong. Since then I’ve learnt how to read the Bible to hear from God.

How I read the Bible

For starters, there is no right or wrong way to read the Bible. This is how I read it, but if you prefer another method then stick with that.

  • I like to read the Bible with a notebook so I can jot down any thoughts or impressions that come to mind.
  • I begin by picking a book of the Bible or I read from where I left off before.
  • If you’re new to reading the Bible to hear from God maybe start with Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians or Colossians.
  • Then I read until I feel God say, “Stop”. Perhaps the verse resonates with me or it answers a question or prayer I brought to God.
  • Once I feel “stop” I don’t read any further. I pray and ask God what he is saying to me and I write down whatever thoughts come to mind about the verse.
  • Often I look at devotionals and commentaries related to the verse. Other times I’ll grab a dictionary and look up each word in the verse or look for other Bible verses that speak about the same theme.

When you hear nothing

If you don’t hear God speak to you at first don’t grow despondent. Keep reading the Bible.

Try reading a daily devotional or journaling your prayers.

Sometimes I know I’m hearing from God because I’ll read the same verse in 3 or 4 different places that day. When that happens I go, “God, what are you trying to tell me?”

Some days I read the Bible and nothing speaks to me. On those days I find a verse I like, and copy it onto my phone, and read it throughout the day until I have memorised it.

Often I find that God will use scripture I’ve memorised to speak to me by bringing it to my memory at just the right time.

How do you read the Bible and hear from God? Share your methods in the comments and maybe help someone else grow in their relationship with God.

Wendy is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous overseas holiday with just a backpack. You can follow her story and subscribe to receive her free eBook, Life, Life and More Life at her website.

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3 Comments

  1. Jeannette April 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I love the “go until you are stopped” – It is always so encouraging to suddenly have something inside go “wow!” and to know that Jesus wants you to listen and learn.

    • Wendy van Eyck April 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      The “go until you are stopped” idea was something I read years ago in a Christian Classic called “Lord, Change Me” by Evelyn Christensen. Definitely worth a read if you get the chance.

  2. Marian Hindall February 24, 2016 at 3:14 am - Reply

    First i read my Bible in the morning in my room, where it’s quite. I read two different devotionals. Then i have some devotionals sent in to my email. I also keep a journal and write in it at night. I have a prayer list, a praise list and then talk to God by writing all my thoughts and feelings down. I can’t even begin to tell how much closer i feel to God. My faith has also gotten stronger.

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