I recently confessed to my Christian Doctrine professor (Dr. Russell Hobbs), that I was beginning to grow weary from dissecting the Bible while working through my seminary classes. Essentially, I have started suffering from a form of burnout, I believe. He responded with grace and mercy, which was encouraging. I always feel like less of a Christian when admitting something like this, and his response was very helpful. He wrote 5 suggestions for reading the Bible without burning out. They are as follows:
1. Pray the Scriptures back to God, especially the Psalms. Everywhere you can, simply repeat the verses as a prayer to God. Where necessary, modify the wording to make it appropriate as a prayer. The goal is to worship through the Bible. The Psalms and Isaiah are some of the best books to start on for this. Hebrews is also good, as are parts of Revelation.
2: Use a different Bible for devotional time than for study time. The devotional Bible might best be an unmarked Bible (not a study Bible or anything with notes), and one with a format that de-emphasizes the verse and chapter numbers. Avoid thinking of how you could use various verses for preaching or solving theological debates.
3. Place Jesus at the center of the Bible. The OT is about him; find him there on almost every page. The Jesus you love, who has redeemed you and to whom you have dedicated yourself, is there waiting to be discovered, worshipped and followed. The Gospels are the centerpiece of the revelation of the Son. Set aside the academic aspects of the Gospels and find hope and food there. Nothing surpasses the very words of the Son of God recorded there. What you find there in his teachings and life you can follow and love with your whole heart--unreservedly. The rest of the NT books are footnotes to the Gospels. Jesus is the center.
4: As you minister to others, use the Bible as ointment for their wounds. Lead them to see the beauty of Jesus revealed there. Also, listen to how they find hope in the Bible. Learn from them.
5. Recognize that there are times when God asks us to show him that we will love and serve him, even without the consolations of our feelings.
These ideas, which I've only been using for a few days, have already been working marvelously! You will want to give them a try. For those who have lost the awesome mystery of the Bible, and want it back, take Dr. Hobbs' ideas and apply them to your life. Or, if you have other ideas, please list them below for the rest of us to reference!