Over the years, I have successfully and unsuccessfully used many different Bible reading plans. I have read through the Bible in a year. I have read through the Bible in 90 days (which I found to be easier than the year plan and I hope to do it again soon). I have taken a few months and simply read a Proverb and a few Psalms a day. There are literally dozens of effective Bible reading plans out there that are designed to help a person read the Word of God. But the one that I tend to come back to often and the one that I tend to suggest to first time Bible readers is simply to pick a portion of the Bible and read it every day for a month. Yes, it is to read the same thing about 30 straight times. The idea behind this plan is to help someone dig deep into a certain portion of the Bible.
Before my senior year of high school was when the Lord really grabbed hold of my heart. It was that summer that I began to have a hunger to read and study God's Word. It was then that someone challenged me to begin with the book of Philippians and read it through everyday for a month. I did it. I loved it. Then I moved on to the book of Colossians and did it for a month. And then I picked the gospel of John and read the first five chapters everyday for a month and kept going.
I realize that on the surface, it seems very repetitive. It seems like it would become boring because you have read it 20 days in a row. But the Bible is inexhaustible. There are things that you will learn each day. When this plan is committed to with prayer, I believe a person will be surprised at how God will open their eyes to understand a depth of His Word they previously believed was not possible.
I want to get back to this plan.
I know that my life tends to operate more efficiently when I am on a tighter schedule. I am more productive. And while I spend lots of time each day in the Word of God, I tend to grow at slower paces when I am not working on a reading plan. That is just how I operate. And so for the month of September I am going to pick a book of the Bible and read it everyday for a month. For many reasons, I have wanted to study in a bit more depth the book of James. That's my selection.
Will you join me?
Every Friday this month I plan on posting some thoughts of what God is doing in my heart based upon my reading of His Word. I'd sure love to hear from you as well. I'd love to hear what God is doing through your reading. I'd love to engage you as you study His Word. If you are not on a reading plan, let me encourage you to pick a book of the Bible and do the same thing and then come on by and post some thoughts each Friday.
My goal is that God would open my eyes to understand His truth in deeper ways so that I might be able to relate more Christlike to those around me.