The new year is upon us and there is not a better time to get into God's Word. Yes, we’re three days in, but it is still early and you can purpose to read the Scripture more this year. When we read the Bible, we discover so much and we receive countless blessings. The Lord speaks to us through His words while we read. It’s the only book ever written to us with a love like no other author can give.
Three Ways To Help You Get Into God's Word
Make A Plan. Set aside time for just you and your Bible. Find a place where you won’t look up and see things that need tending to. You want this time to be special and you only want to focus on reading and spending time with the Lord. Whether your time is in the early morning or later on during the day or late at night, find the time that works for you.
While I find early morning works for me, I would tell no one to use my early morning routine, because we are all different. What works for me may not work for you. Let no one tell you, you need your reading time at a certain time of day for it to matter, because it doesn’t. The most important thing – find what works for you and stick with it.
Have A Reading Plan. For me, having a reading plan is a must; it keeps me on track of my reading. It lets me know what the future reading is about and I don’t have to guess what I’ll be reading each day. I have done that in the past, and I found I didn’t enjoy my time as much. At the moment, I’m reading All the Words of Jesus. The last time I read through the Bible, I bounced from Old Testament to New Testament and marked them when completed in my Bible.
If you are new to reading the Bible, don’t let long daily reading schedules keep you from reading. Here are just a few reading plans I have used (*) or found while reading the internet.
*Bible Reading Plan (a 52 Week plan reading 2-6 chapters a day)
* One Year Bible Reading Plan (a plan reading small portions of several books a day)
These next two, I haven’t used, but I like what I see. I can’t recommend anything else on their sites because I haven’t looked through them. But the plans are straight scripture reading.
Daily Light Devotional (a morning and evening reading plan of around 10 verses total)
A Beginner’s Bible Reading Plan (15 key verses a day for a year Bible plan)
Bible Gateway has a page of numerous reading plans.
Include Devotional Readings. I like to include short devotional readings during my time. For the past two years, a daily email from Daily in the Word has been in my inbox. I love these short little devotionals in my email every morning. This year, I’m also including A Word to the Wise Practical Advice from the Book of Proverbs. I’ve even used the book My Utmost for His Highest in the past. I highly recommend the book. Oswald Chambers writes in such a way every Christian needs to read his book. If your short on time, the daily devotionals are not too long.
If you are looking for a Bible study to work on this year, my friend Lisa at Conforming to the Truth has several Bible studies. She is beginning the study of I Peter on January 9th, it’s not too late to join in.
It is very important for us to read the Bible. Before you just “jump into it” because others are telling you to, pray about it. Ask the Lord what He wants from you and then ask Him to give you peace for a time and a plan of action to follow through with it. You'll be surprised at the wonderful things He shows you because He really does want to spend time with you reading His word.