I know a guy that reads through the Bible each month. It’s crazy, but God uses him in great ways. I have tried a couple of times just to read the Bible in a month and have never made it. This year I got a head start and I have read about 15% of the Bible before January so I am hoping to get through the rest in the month of January. I purchased an ESV with journal portions on the side. I am not sure how I feel about this Bible translation yet since some of it seems to be so literal it makes it a bit funny to read but I know that I hate the 7.5 size font so I’ll only be reading and praying through this particular Bible one time and then putting it up on the shelf.
Reading through God’s word is probably the most important thing that you can do as a Christian to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. It really is easier than you think to read through God’s word and the benefits are probably a lot greater than you are aware of. To read without getting behind just read as much as you are able on a day and if you don’t get to read for a day or two don’t sweat it. Most people can easily get through the Bible in six months.
I have tried reading through in a chronological Bible, setting up a certain number of chapters a day to read and many different methods but the only one that has really worked for me is just creating a list like the one above with every chapter of the Bible and marking it off as I read along. That way if I don’t get to read one day I am not behind. Also there are days where I have extra time and read more than I normally would so it evens out. Sometimes I feel a little bogged down in the Old Testament so I will take that day and read in the New Testament or even read from a few different places.
Some of you that are very, disciplined might enjoy better a specific reading plan but I think most of the population does better with something like this. May I present a challenge to you? Shoot to read through the whole Bible in less than 6 months. You will find that you grow in ways that you never expected as you read through God’s word in this way. You might want to challenge a friend to read through the Bible as well and that way you can get together once a week or so and share with each other what God has been teaching you as you read through his word.
How to Read through the Bible and keep your reading fresh and life giving instead of a drudgery.
1. Read to hear from God. Don’t read to read.
2. Reflect on what God speaks to you about. When the spirit of God highlights something for you make sure you highlight it, underline it or somehow note it. Sometimes I stop right then and reflect. Other times I look over the two or three things the Holy Spirit has brought to the front of my mind and I reflect on those things.
3. Record in a journal, the back of your Bible or somewhere.
4. Respond to God in prayer and worship.
You can also go to Bible Reading Chart to get the bulk of this post and the chart in a 8 1/2 by 11 printable format. If you can’t print the Index Card for some reason and would really like one to tape to your Bible email me with your mailing address and I’ll send you one. I hope and pray that 2009 is a year that will help you to become more like Jesus.