At the start of this new year everyone is recommending various plans to read through the Bible in a year. I thought I’d share mine with you.
I do not read through the entire Bible each year. I vary my routine based on what I perceive the Lord is doing in me. However, reading through the Bible is a discipline I like to use as it fills me with the Lord’s word. I’ll avoid giving in to my temptation to launch into a conversation about the amazing work the Lord’s Spirit accomplishes in and through us when we “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.”
I enjoy all the Bible reading plans available, and use them now and then. However, when I want to read through the Bible in a year I generally use a simple and flexible plan I made up.
Here’s how it works. The Bible has 31,102 verses (depending on how you count). In order to read through the Bible in a single year I’d need to read an average of 85 verses a day. I grab a journal and write the names of all the books of the Bible in the front. At times I include the chapters in the event I feel like jumping around. I always write the chapters of both Psalms and Proverbs as I’ll take breaks between reading other books and read a few chapters of either Psalms or Proverbs. I read 85 (or so) verses a day, and I then highlight the book in the journal when I complete it.
I then record reflections from my readings in the journal. I pause at times if I feel led to study something that I’ve read. This plan ensures I read the entire Bible, assuming I follow it, but permits me to read whatever book seems appropriate at the time. All in all it’s my favorite plan, and the one I am following this year. The picture below is from my previous journal where I used the same approach.
Whatever you do this year to fill yourself with the Lord’s word, whether it is reading all of Scripture or a portion of it, commit yourself to it. If you fall behind, then set aside the desire to complete the task in one year and continue reading.