Earlier this year, I wrote about how to get back on track with your Bible reading plan. I did this because I found myself behind on my own reading plan. So I want to give you a quick check-in—I am on track. Our church is reading through the Bible this year and, so far, I am on pace to do it.
One of the changes I have made is the time of day I read Scripture. Historically, I read at night. I am naturally a night owl. So it made sense for me to dedicate part of my nighttime ritual to reading God’s Word.
But with the arrival of children, my nighttime ritual became inconsistent. And there were nights when I found myself crashing before cracking open the Bible.
Which made me unhappy.
So I decide to do something about it. I shifted my reading time to the morning. And I have to admit, I wish I would have done this a while ago. Even pre-kids.
Here are six reasons why I like to read Scripture in the morning:
- It demonstrates priority. I am beginning the day learning about the One who made the morning possible. For the day that He made, He is the priority.
- It gets my thought life off to a good start. By starting the day reading Scripture, some of my first thoughts of the day are about Him. And there are no better thoughts to run through my brain than those about Him. It sets the standard.
- It provides me perspective. Reading Scripture in the morning puts before me the lens through which I must see the world. It clarifies that which can easily become cloudy.
- I am less tired and better able to concentrate. At nighttime, I would run the risk of being tired. The sleepiness would decrease my ability to focus on what God was teaching me in His Word. I have found that this risk is minimized through morning reading.
- There are fewer surprises to derail my reading. Sometimes, the kids won’t go to sleep. Sometimes, I receive an unexpected phone call. Compared to morning, night seemed to be more susceptible to interruptions.
- My kids get to see me reading the Bible. I love this. I love that my kids will inevitably find my reading my Bible. They get to see what I find important. They get to see that I am not just teaching them the Bible, but I am personally studying the Bible as well. Because I am a flawed husband and dad, there are some things I do that I am fearful that my kids will mimic. But this is not one of them. With this one, I hope they do just as I do.
When it comes to reading the Bible, I have found that morning works best for me. And it may for you as well. I encourage you to, at least, give it a shot. You might be surprised to find that you like it more than you ever thought you would.