“The Bible makes no sense to me.”
I think this is a common experience of all who read the Bible or who have tried and eventually put it down. If this is you, you are in good company.
Remember, the only reason to read the Bible is to know Jesus better. He is as committed to making a connection as you are. More committed. So as you reach for him, he is reaching for you.
Pick a translation that reads naturally to you. Don’t struggle with an old one. If a voice in your head (or in your ear) says you should read the King James Version – heaven help us – just don’t. Period. Unless early modern English is your native language. Which it isn’t. So, none of that.
One recent translation you may want to try is called The Message by Eugene Peterson.
You might want to pray briefly and simply before you read. Something like “Jesus, I want to know you more. Help me hear what you have to say.”
Pause your reading when it feels natural. Don’t feel the need to read some prescribed amount every day. (Although there is nothing wrong with that, either.) It will translate better if you don’t feel pushed or rushed.
When you read a passage you don’t understand or that troubles you, that’s okay. Jesus has a lot to teach every one of us.
Maybe risk a little conversation, formulating what words you can. Listen for a response – thoughts or feelings that are new.
See, you are praying!
Grace and peace to you…