Some of us love to read large sections of the Bible. We like the Bible reading plans that walk through the Bible in a year. Some of us prefer closer, deeper studies. We-like-the-one-word-at-a-time verse meditation. In my opinion both types of Bible study are necessary to see the richness of the Word. Deep studies reveal the infinite truth of the infinite God contained in the Scriptures; they surround the heart with the rich knowledge of a particular truth. Broad reading fills the mind with the landscape of God’s sovereign purposes, brings context to the details, and shows the grandeur of the Bible’s unity. Never going deep can cost us the richness of absorbing a particular detail. Never going broad can cause us to forget the most important themes and become lost through only gazing at a particular meditation. Here’s my recommendation. Make some time for broad reading and make some time for slow meditation. Practically, you could have a reading plan and a meditation plan, rather than trying to do both at once. Or you could read broadly for one week/month and meditate deeply the next. However we do it, both breadth and depth are valuable in knowing God’s Word.
Don’t miss the forest or the trees.
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