Confession: I am afraid this post is going to come off like one of those neat and tidy, happy clappy “Life is so good with Jesus” posts that are true as far as they go, but can make everyone feel queasy and a little “less than”.
That is NOT what I want. But I also can’t deny the powerful effect committing to a “Read through the Bible in a Year Plan” has had on me. Yeah, I’ve always read the Bible before, but this has been different. And yes, I’ve missed a bunch of days, but that’s ok.
So…Here are few things I’ve experienced reading
the whole most of a lot of the Bible in a Year
- I’m not in control. Often the way I read the Bible on my own is to look for verses that meet my need in the moment, or you know… all those delightful promises.
This isn’t bad, but it also limits how the Holy Spirit might want to speak to me. With a Bible reading plan, each day there is something I don’t choose from the Old Testament, Psalms or Proverbs, and the New Testament.
Turns out Jesus doesn’t love like all the things I like and hate all the things I hate! My readings may include what I want to hear, what I don’t want to hear, what I’ve forgotten, or what I’ve been blind to.
2. I’m more aware of the sin in my life. In a good way. A life-giving way. I guess this makes sense. The more we look into God’s perfect Word the more we see ourselves in contrast – pretty imperfect. But totally woven into the Word that shines light on my messiness, is the assurance of forgiveness and redemption.
3. It reassures me I’m not alone. In my readings I see over and over again the bumbling bumblers who have gone before me – men and women who were “unschooled and ordinary”, who were forgetful, and rebellious and clueless and whiny just like me. But God didn’t give up on them and He’s promised not to give up on me.
4. It helps me to recognize God’s voice and differentiate it from others. Daily I’m listening to a tiny bit more truth that is contrary to the megaphone of culture that I hear most of the day. Like a toddler knows his mother’s voice, the more consistently I’m exposed to the Lord’s pitch and tone the more it will stand out from the others.
I’ve really been amazed at how something I thought would feel oppressive and legalistic has been so formative.
You can read more about the plan I use here.
Have you tried a Read the Bible in a Year plan? How’s it gone?