How Often Should I Study the Bible?

It’s commonly said that Christians should read their Bible every day. Is that a biblical command? Are we required to read the Bible daily? What if we can’t figure out how to make that happen? How often do we need to study the Bible to be faithful followers of Christ?


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There is not a commandment that says, “Thou shalt read your Bible every day.” So in order to answer our question, let’s look at some principles we do find in Scripture.

Dwell on God’s Word Continually

Psalm 1:1-3 tell us, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers.”

When we dwell on God’s Word day and night, we will be firmly rooted in our faith. We won’t waver when trouble comes or be swept away by false teaching because we know the Truth of Scripture. Reading the Bible will fuel an infectious faith that refines us.

Discern Right From Wrong

2 John 1:7-9 warns us, “I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”

The Bible is our measure of truth. Our faith is rooted in God’s Word. Study Scripture to learn truth and discern teachings you hear throughout the day. Do they line up with the Bible? Is this a false teacher against whom I’ve been warned?

Decide to Follow God

Psalm 119:11 & 105 say, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you,” and “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Our desire is to follow God. We don’t want to sin against Him but honor Him. We need His guidance daily - and the Bible is the first place to look for it.

So How Often Should We Read the Bible?

As often as we can! Especially if you are a new believer, I highly recommend studying the Bible daily and gaining an overview of the Bible’s message. It will help you see the world through God’s eyes and live accordingly. 

Studying the Bible every day is not a direct command. It’s not a sin to skip reading your Bible. I don’t want you to look begrudgingly at studying Scripture as a duty that you need to fulfill daily. Rather, ask yourself what you have to gain from reading Scripture, such as finding out and reminding yourself of Who God is, how to follow Him, and what truths He teaches. It will equip you for a godly life. 

So don’t stress if you miss a day of Bible study, but don’t do away with it altogether. Try to incorporate Bible study in your daily routine. If you truly can’t find time every day, what about 3-4 days a week? Do what you can and keep on dwelling on Scripture and reminding yourself of truth.

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Have a Scripture-confident Monday,

Ellen