My spices are alphabetized. The clothes in my closet are organized by color. The coins in my car are heads-up, facing the windshield.
Would it surprise you to know I use a reading plan for my Bible study? A reading plan is such a great way to:
- Create a flow in the narrative.
- Keep you accountable and on track.
- Connect you to your Creator.
Read at your pace!
I’m sure you’ve heard about these overachievers who read the whole Bible in a year. I can tell you I have done that. I have read the whole Bible cover to cover in eighty days, and what I got out of that was bragging rights.
One chapter at a time
I don’t recommend power reading. Recreational reading should be enjoyable, so I read one chapter a day. One chapter of the Bible a day. Most days—not every day, but most days—one chapter of the Bible. (I don’t use a reading plan with dates, so if I miss a day, I just pick up where I left off without the guilt or having to “makeup” or get caught up.)
I start in Genesis, and I go all the way through to Revelation. Takes me about three years to get through the Bible. I love that system because it gives me continuity and flow; it gives me the complete overarching story of the Bible; and it gives me a sense of accomplishment and success.
If this is your first time to tackle reading the Bible, I’d read through the New Testament then circle back to the Old Testament.
15 minutes a day.
Another way to read through the Bible is to set a timer and read for XX minutes a day. Whether 5 minutes or 30, read till the timer goes off then put it down and move on with your day. Tomorrow, start where you last left off and read for that many minutes.
Letting it soak in.
In past seasons, I have read the same book of the Bible over and over. No matter how many times you read the text, you will find a new nugget with each reading. Choose Proverbs or a gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) or the Creation account in Genesis, or the miraculous escape in Exodus. Hanging out in one book of the Bible will reveal God’s character and cement His love for you in your mind and heart.
Dave spends most of his quiet time reading the Red Letters. Typically, the red letters are the words of Jesus. Oh, he may read some around the red letters for context but Dave wants to know what Jesus said, not what others said about him. Dave says, “If you know what God (Jesus) said then, you’ll know what he’s saying now.”
If you’re really new to the Bible or bored with your reading time, read Bible stories. The Old Testament—or the first section of the Bible—is packed with fascinating accounts of Bible heroes and heroines, ordinary people trusted God to do extraordinary things.
Read about Moses, Deborah, Abraham, Esther, Ruth, Jonah, Jacob, David, and Goliath. Even if you think you know these stories, read them for yourself again, and the stories will come alive.
You will see things that you had no idea were in there. You’ll realize that you’re believing things about these stories that you thought were in there that aren’t.
The Bible is full of great stories, practical wisdom and glorious principles that will set you free to dream and dance in the spotlight of God’s love and forgiveness.
Using a reading plan will create a flow in the narrative, keep you on track and connect you to your Creator.
What do you use?
Do you use a reading plan? What is it and why do you like it? I’d love to learn from you! Leave me a comment below. I read every one!
Verse for today:“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
Prayer: Lord, thank you for writing down your word for me to read, study, memorize and apply. It is life to me and I know there have been seasons when I didn’t honor it or utilize it. Sorry about that. Help me find a reading plan that works for my life so you can remind me of who you are and who I am to you. Thanks. Love you. Amen