Very little is more important to the health of a Christian’s walk than regularly interacting with the word of God. If we plan to interact with Gods’ word regularly, however, we must be ready to discipline ourselves. Few of us will simply sit down with the Scriptures with no plan and somehow come up with a fruitful, consistent, and contextual way of reading.
I have found that, for me, reading through the Bible in a year is a very helpful practice. I’ve tried a number of plans, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. Last year, I used a chronological reading plan. I found it wonderful for Old Testament reading, but disjointed in the New Testament. I also found that, as the first 2/3 of the year went by I longed for more gospel reading.
For this year, I have returned to an old favorite reading plan, the Discipleship Journal reading plan. This plan offers four readings per day, two each from the Old and New Testaments. The plan has only 25 readings each month, which allows for catch-up days, which are very helpful for those of us who tend to get behind and who find being behind frustrating. The major weaknesses that I see in this plan are that the daily gospel readings are almost too short and that, as in any 1 year plan, the Old Testament readings can feel a little long.
If you would like to try out the DJ Bible reading plan, check it out here. If you would like to try another plan, Justin Taylor has collected for us a nice set of links with several plans to choose from.