With the New Year comes many resolutions. As the year meanders along so come many broken resolutions. Within churches that resolution is frequently to make Bible reading a daily practice.
A Christian parody site recently posted a piece that is unfortunately too often a reality among many in the church. It is titled, “Local Man’s Bible Excited To Be Read For Whole First Week Of January Again.” You can find that HERE for your enjoyment.
I want to exhort you to be intentional about reading the word of God daily. I didn’t post this before January 1st because I don’t want this to be a New Year’s resolution, but an intentional and focused spiritual discipline that begins now and occurs every day for the rest of your life. You will not know the word of God unless you read it and you will never read it unless you start. I’m asking you to give time every day towards putting your eyes on the special revelation of God. I’m asking you make time every single day to read the word of the One who loved you so much He sent His Son to die for you. I’m asking you read the words of the Son!
There are countless resources available just a few clicks away. One of my favorite from Robert Murray M’Cheyene (that you can find already printed for you as you enter the church on Sunday) is found online HERE.
I like it because you can print it off and fill in the boxes each day. That is probably something most people will not need to do, but it is helpful to me and keeps me on track. It also breaks Bible reading into two parts, one for the family and one for private devotion time. If your kids are grown and out of the house, make it a point to read the family section with your spouse at some point during the day. If you have kids at home, this is an easy devotion and puts the word of God on the ears of your children. At the end of every day you have read two chapters with your family and have read two chapters to yourself. At the end of the year you have read through the word of God, and in many books, you have done so twice.
Here are some other great options for Bible reading plans:
Pick a plan and devote yourself to reading God’s word for the rest of your life. Do not let your soul waste away in spiritual malnourishment. For He has told us, “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8:3)
I would be interested to know what reading plan you use. Drop me a line in the comments section and let me know.