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The Goal of Studying Scripture

I think sometimes we need to be reminded of our goals. Lots of us take time at the new year to think about our personal goals, which is such a good thing. It is good to go deeper though, and think about why our goal is important and why it is a priority. A goal of spending more time in God’s Word in the New Year is a great goal, and it is probably one of the best things that you can purpose to do in this new year. But, why do we do it? Why study Scripture?


The goal when studying Scripture is to know God more. The goal is never about us. It isn’t about time alone, or pretty journals with gorgeous handwriting gracing the pages and margins of our Bible’s…the goal is more of Jesus.

Often, when it comes to reading Scripture, less is more. I have talked before about the principle of eating until you are full, but in recent days I have been reminded of that again. It is easy to get caught up in feeling like we should be reading a certain number of chapters each day, or journaling six pages of in depth truths. I think sometimes that this false expectation is what causes lots of women to throw in the towel on studying Scripture. When we view Bible Reading as a chore, it is easy to let it slip in favor of doing one of the other things on our to do list. But, when we view our time in Scripture as a life giving time of needed refreshment, we run to the Word…instead of making excuses about why we have skipped a day, month, or year.

Don’t get me wrong…I love pretty journals, but if we lose focus of the reason we are studying God’s Word, we will miss the point. The point is always about Him.

So this year as you set goals, and try to make being in God’s Word a commitment…remember why we study Scripture…To Know Him.


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Thank you for sharing this! I just got back into really digging into scripture after getting caught up in the “routine” and giving up for a while. Really enjoying it again :) Will take this to heart and keep it close!

Thanks for the great reminder. As a lover of pretty journals and markers myself, I needed this.

This is such a great article. I think it is so easy to get caught up in “what” you’re using during your quiet time instead of actually focusing on God and His Word. Great reminder. Thanks Kristin!

Krista Morgan

…the goal is MORE OF JESUS!

Heather Hart

I love this post!!! Trying to read through the Bible in a year just to say you have, is not the way to go. But having a goal of knowing Him more is life changing.

Brandy Caudill Miller

I love this. I also usually do the method of reading until I’m “full”. This year my husband & are wanting to read through the Bible chronologically. In my sporadic jumping, there have been many books I’ve overlooked in the last few years and I’m really excited to hit those again. However there is this worry of reading without absorbing. I’m going to try to break my daily chunks into smaller pieces throughout the day so that I can still go with the when I’m full method. Thanks for the reminder of what studying and reading are all about! Great word for the new year!


Thank you for this reminder!

Natalie Brenner


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