Take Notes When Reading The Bible

Take Notes When Reading The Bible | February 2nd

Information on note-taking effectiveness is a shared resource that institutes, colleges, and universities provide their students. Taking notes has several significant benefits. For example, it helps you concentrate and listen better. Secondly, note-taking prepares you for exams. Thirdly, it lets you catch information that may be forgotten after the class or presentation. Studies suggest that we forget approximately 50% of what we hear in the first hour and over 70% of it in the next 24 hours!

The classroom is one of many places we need to be taking notes. If we want to retain more and go deeper in our walk with God, we should include note-taking in our listening and studying God's Word.

On several occasions, God told Moses to write down what He was saying. One particular example stands out. God had to communicate the Ten Commandments a second time. The Lord could've just had Moses relay what He told verbally, but there were more effective strategies for remembering and obeying. See, these words were essential, and taking notes would guarantee that not only Moses but others would know what God desired. Exodus 34:27-28 says, And the Lord said to Moses, “ ‘Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.’ 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments."

God also used the principle of taking notes with Solomon and the Book of Wisdom. Proverbs 3:1-4 says, "My son, don't forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands; 2 for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being. 3 Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will find favor and high regard with God and people."

Knowing this, get yourself a notebook. Write down what God reveals, including insights, questions, and prayers. If applicable, you can also take special notes identifying the context and characters of your reading. You should also take notes on the messages offered at church. Together, this practice will position you to grow in your faith, share God's Word better, be ready for life's tests, and recall God's promises.

Remember, as someone once said, "A short pencil is better than a long memory."

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