The answer is anywhere you like, the beginning, the end, the Old Testament, the New Testament, at creation, at the cross, or the flood. Maybe even simply open your Bible, let the pages fall apart, and read. So your probably thinking right about now this is not helpful at all, but stay with me. My point is, start. Start reading somewhere and anywhere. Take the first step, and just begin. There is no right or wrong place to start. However, some books of the Bible are more difficult to understand and more difficult to read than others. As a novice, I would caution kicking off your Bible study journey in Revelation because of all the imagery and symbolism that builds on other content in scripture. Likewise, I would not recommend beginning with Numbers or 1 and 2 Chronicles because reading the genealogies and the difficult names will become tiresome quickly. Now, am I saying, do not read these books? Absolutely not. Read any part of the Bible, and don’t limit your scripture selection simply because you’re a novice or unsure about understanding it all.
But first, you have to start. If you’re stuck on where to start, you are not reading at all. So get unstuck and begin. Once you do begin, stay in motion. In other words, keep reading even if it is only 5 to 10 minutes every day, even if it’s just one verse a day. Why? Because studies show that small successes over time build up to big wins.
Here are a few suggestions for where to start reading the Bible today.
If you’re looking for encouragement, read Psalms.
If you’re looking for life wisdom, read Proverbs.
If you’re looking for practical life applications, read James.
If you’re looking for learning about Jesus, read John.