I haven’t done this in a while, but the middle of the year really is a good time to start reading the Bible!
I wrote the following last year, and it still applies:
There are things we know are good for us, but it can be hard to persevere (or even to start).
Reading through the Bible is one of those things – it really is helpful!
It can also be exciting. God continues to reveal things I hadn’t seen or understood before, even in passages I’ve read many times.
No, there aren’t fireworks of new insight every day, and some days I approach it with a less-than-expectant attitude. Frequently, God reminds me on those days that he is the source of joy, he is the provider of faith, and he will never leave us. Sins get revealed and dealt with, and I experience the freedom that Jesus promises.
I pray you’ll find the same.
So this is one of my regular encouragements to do yourself some good and read through the entire Bible.
Who cares that you’re starting on August 1 rather than January 1! Next July 31, you’ll have read all of God’s inspired word!
And if you started earlier in the year and just fell too far behind to catch up – so what! Start again.
If the first plan you choose just doesn’t seem to work, choose another. By the start of 2012 you’ll already have momentum to keep going.
I’ve been using a different plan this year. This one has a single reading in the Old Testament and a single reading in the New Testament every day. I didn’t like it at first, but began to see the benefits of this organization after a while.
So, join me – let us encourage each other to persevere for the sake of our own joy in reading and enjoying God’s word together for the remainder of this year!