In terms of encouragement, life-guidance, help and comfort the Bible is right up there at the top of the list. And it has some of the most amazing stories and songs in the world.
But the Bible is a big book. A really big book. Where do you start? Here are some simple instructions:
Find a Bible. (The one you inherited from your Grandma is probably precious to you but is also probably in old English. Keep that one safe somewhere and get one in up to date English. The New International Version is a good popular one.)
Find it and open it. You will see it is made up of 66 separate books each with its own name e.g. Genesis (the first one) Exodus and so on. Each of these books is divided into short chapters.
Take your Bible and open it near the middle and you will find a big book called Psalms. Find chapter 23 and you are straight away on familiar ground.
“The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures.”
We are in a description of what God is like. As you read it, start to respond to God. Or read it out loud and let it speak to your soul.
At the beginning of most Bibles there is a table of contents. This is a great help in finding the other books in the Bible. About two thirds of the way through are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These are the four accounts of Jesus life and teaching.
Find Matthew and chapter 11. Look at the end. Jesus says:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
This is a genuine invitation from Jesus himself to you. The Bible is not just words or philosophy, but is Jesus asking you to listen to him and to experience him transforming and changing your life.
So, try reading it. Read all of Matthew (the beginning of chapter 1 is hard) and find out about Jesus for yourself.