It took me ages to actually underline and make notes in the margins of my Bible. Finally, I figured out that the Word is holy; the book is not. Now any Bible I own holds self-written dates and notes on how God met me, or encouraged me or spoke to me. In fact, my Bibles are miniature journals.
The new fad is to colour in your Bible. I guess that too is a type of journal. Just do a word search for the keys to mark certain verses in certain colours. Or you can take a Precept Upon Precept class and learn how to deep study God’s Word.
Some people are now creating full size drawings on their Bible pages, in some cases totally obliterating the written words with pictures symbolizing what a certain page says. This is best done in an extra Bible, not the one you read from every day. This too is searchable on line.
Before we get too fancy, friends, the most important thing to do is read your Bible. If you want to get through it in a year, make sure to read three chapters a day and five Psalms when you get there. But what’s the hurry friends?
Another way to read is to stop where it seems God is nudging you to pay full attention to a certain verse. That might only be five lines into the passage. But God is drawing your attention to it for a purpose.
The main thing about our Bible is this. READ IT! Get to know your God and his promises. Get to know what Jesus did for you and how the Holy Spirit ministers to you. Then you will have truly used your Bible. As this verse promises, it will change you.
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)
Prayer-Father speak to us through your Word, as you always do, if we will but open it. As we do, Lord, open our hearts to what you are saying to us through it. Amen.