Keep it Simple
If you’ve been around this blog much in the last year or two, then you know how I feel about reading God’s word. It’s important. So important that I think we all should do it every day. Do you want to read more of your Bible in 2018? Then let’s keep Bible reading simple. Because keeping it simple — real simple — will help us to actually do it. Simple like “just give a simple, chronological list of passages to read and let’s get to it.”
Reading God’s Thoughts
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that reading our Bibles is something we do out of Christian obligation. Reading our Bibles is not something we do to check-off our Christian to-do list. The act of reading doesn’t get us to heaven or make us more lovable in God’s eyes. It does, however, help us know the heart of our Lord and Savior.
Reading God’s word is reading His thoughts. It’s getting to know Him, heart and soul. It’s understanding how He sees us, what He says about our sin, and what great lengths He has gone to be with us.
Reading God’s word is a special opportunity that can draw us nearer to our Creator.
Now, all that said, sometimes we look at our Bibles and get a little overwhelmed. Where do we start? What if we don’t understand? What if we don’t have time? What if it gets…boring? If you’ve ever asked yourself those questions, you’re not alone. I’ve asked myself the same things a time or two and a few years ago I found an answer that I think works pretty well: it’s a Bible reading plan.
Okay, okay. I know that sounds over-simple. Maybe it is, but that’s the beauty of a reading plan. It is so simple I can and will actually do it. Especially if it’s a plan I can keep up with.
Quietly Through the Bible: a two-year reading plan is a plan that takes you through the New Testament once every year and through the Old Testament once in two years. That equates to just a few passages each day. It’s totally do-able and I still have time to do other uber important things like pray and spend time in worship.
Don’t Do It Alone
I want to mention one other thing. It’s almost vital to following a reading plan: Don’t do it alone. You need the Holy Spirit. He is the one who will open your eyes to everything that our God has written to us. Also, find a friend to follow the reading plan with you. You can hold one another accountable and encourage each other along the way. Because, let’s face it, sometimes we don’t understand God’s word and sometimes it gets…dare I say it again…boring.
If you can’t think of anyone to follow the Quietly Through reading plan with you, consider joining the Quietly Through facebook group. We are small, and usually pretty quiet, but it’s a good place to share your thoughts and questions about God’s word. In the group, I occasionally share resources and tips to help to keep you moving through God’s word.
Reading the Bible in 2018 (and every day beyond) doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be quite simple actually. Just download the reading plan, open God’s word, read it, and let His Spirit speak to you.
Only by grace,
P.S. If the Quietly Through reading plan doesn’t seem like the right fit for you, check out these plans:
- Donna Reidland’s “Blogging through the Bible in a Year”
- The Bible Project‘s reading plan (scroll down about 2/3 of the page)
- You Version has tons of plans to choose from