A standard thing to do for devotions is to read through the Bible. It’s a great way to become and stay familiarized with Scripture, and to discover lots of great verses and promises.
However, reading through the Bible can lose its spiritual punch easily and become a checklist item. There are a couple of ways to prevent that. One way to make sure you process the information that you read is to look for a highlight in each chapter. In each chapter look for the most important, or the most interesting verse, and write it down. This system will make sure that you examine the information in each chapter and make a connection with it. It turns the reading from a passive activity into an active one. It is more work than simply reading through the Bible, but it is more rewarding. Think of this method as another tool at your disposal.
Here are the verses that I highlighted during my reading this morning. I’m reading through the NIV currently. Also note that it is better to read in several places in the Bible rather than straight through.
Matthew 21:41 – “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
Matthew 22:40 – All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Genesis 29:20 – So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
Genesis 30:30 – The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?”
Nehemiah 5:16 – Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we did not acquire any land.
Psalms 16:8 – I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.