As 2014 is drawing near, I know I need to develop my plan for Bible reading. As a Christian, I know that reading God’s word is vital to my spiritual health. As a human, I know that I am given to laziness and procrastination. As a realistic thinker, I know that I will fail to read well if I do not read with some sort of plan in place.
My plan for 2014 is to use this reading plan from BibleStudyTools.com. It is an older plan that I have done before which has its strengths and weaknesses. On the plus-side, this plan has 3 daily readings including both Old and New Testament passages. Because this plan includes only 1 New Testament reading daily, I will read from a larger portion than other plans that include both gospels and epistles in the daily plans. The biggest weakness of this plan for me is that it does not include days off or make-up days.
One of my favorite plans out there is this one from Discipleship Journal. It includes only 25 readings per month, thus allowing for me to catch up if something disrupts my reading schedule. The reason I did not choose the Discipleship Journal plan for 2014 is that I have done it several times and would like a change. The Discipleship Journal plan has 4 readings, 2 from the Old Testament and 2 from the New Testament daily, which I consider to be a weakness as it makes for very short readings in the gospels. I prefer slightly longer New Testament readings in order to allow context and flow to stand out more clearly.
Of course, there are many daily Bible reading plans out there. You can read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation, chronologically, thematically, in 1 year, in 2 years, or in any number of ways. You can purchase a 1-year-Bible, choose a plan for your smart phone, find one on the Internet, or even have daily readings emailed to you. I can’t tell you what will be best for you.
I would, however, make a couple of recommendations for you as you get ready to start the new year.
· Pick a plan and get started – January is a great time to choose a Bible reading plan and develop the discipline.
· Read at the same time each day – Schedule a time that you will become accustomed to. If you do not plan this time, just taking it as it comes, you will struggle to find the time. Fail to plan and you plan to fail.
· Read with someone – If a friend or family member would be willing to do the same reading plan as you, you might find that you are more accountable to your daily reading. You also may find that you both grow as you discuss your readings.
· Journal – If you are the kind of person who enjoys writing at all, take a few moments to record thoughts and questions that you have as you read through Gods’ word each day.
· Don’t be discouraged – if you get off-track, don’t give up. Keep at it. Maybe your Bible-in-a-year takes you a year-and-a-half. That’s OK. The important thing is that you regularly keep in God’s word and grow as you come to know your Lord better.
For more on daily bible reading, you might check out these older blog posts :