Read Your Bible In A Year?

Cover of "The Story"

Cover of The Story

I recently invited the church members to join me in reading the Bible everyday. One of the joys of doing this, is the discipline in reading, the other is the spiritual lift and life that one gets when you feed your spirit on a daily basis. There is however, a flip side to this story. It is that of discouragement when  you miss a day or two of reading, because of the responsibilities that you have to the other things of life. Once you make that decision to read every day, your resolve to continue will be challenged.

For those of you that have found it easy to keep up the daily reading; these are some of the listed benefits.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalms 1:2-3)

  • Like a well watered tree – it is the essence of life itself with out it one withers
  • Brings the fruit of the spiritual disciplines in season – The spirit of God will naturally make you fruitful
  • Your leaves will not whither because of drought – When things get tough you will continue as strong as ever.
  • What ever you do will prosper – you have a hope that is planted deep in your heart that carries you through to the end and you will see the result of this effort.

Regardless of the benefits there are challenges that can leave us dry and not producing very much in life. One of these challenges are the reading plans themselves. Most of them will help you cover the Bible in one year. That is about six chapters a day. That is a feat for some and for others it is just the beginning to reading the scriptures.

Some people will quit reading because they fall behind in their reading and feel like that cannot catch up. 

So they stop. The way out of this hole of defeat is to approach your reading in a variety of ways. As mentioned most of the reading plans cover about six chapters, some out of the Old Testament, some out of the New Testament and some out of the Psalms.

People who use the internet and read the blogs have become skimmers. People who read newspapers and magazines read the titles or the subtitles to articles.  So here is a cue to your dilemma.

The alternative way to reading everyday is to skim the readings first. In order to do this you will need a Bible with good outlines or subheadings. I have found that the Thompson Chain reference is good to use. It has good subtitles on the margins and at the beginning of every chapter. When you read the subtitles this gives you a good idea of what is happening in that part of the Bible. You can easily get what the main theme is and read in-depth when your interest is piqued.

Skimming the assigned reading is a good way to catch up on  your reading when you have fallen behind or when you want to go on ahead in the story.

This gives you the big picture to the story. I recommend this to every one who reads the scripture. When you do this then you are able to think about the big picture throughout the week. Give your self Sunday to Sunday to think about what the assigned scripture is for that week.

Share what you have read with those around you. This will help seal the scripture in  your heart.

Another thing I love doing is to share what I have read. Once you start doing this it will challenge you and you will find how easy to remember what you have read. Relate it to others in your own words. This will help for you to develop the story or the topics you are reading; it is about review, review, review. I will use it in my sermons, at home groups, when I am just talking to people or I will share it with my wife. I will also ask her what her devotional reading have been and she will relay them back to me.

Seal the Word of God in  your hearts, pray through the scripture. During your reading something will hit your heart.

This will keep coming back to you during the week. Take time to talk to God about what is in your heart. Don’t forget write some things down. Then pray to God about it. Pray, that your heart will heed the warnings or that your faith in God will grow like those in the scriptures you read about. In addition to daily reading assignments, I like to add one chapter of the Proverbs to my reading program; as it provides practical living tips and sound advise for living life.  

Carry your Bible where ever you go, you never know when you will have a few minutes to read.

Along the same lines; have Bibles in different places where you go during the day. For example in the kitchen, at the office, in your car, in your purse or in the shop. That will remind you to keep gazing into the Word of Life.

Join the people who have read the Bible through every year for years. They  will tell you what a benefit it is to them to have this discipline in their lives.

Are you reading the scripture everyday or  getting big chunks of it during the week?

Have you set a place and time where you can settle your heart, read and meditate on what you have read?

Do you have Bibles in the places that you go during the day?

Have you made it your goal to read the Bible through?

On the days that you seem to be falling behind and getting hit with discouragement approach your reading in a variety of ways.

 Pastor Lupe Diaz – Grace Chapel Benson, July 20th 2012

 

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