As Christians, we know we should regularly read God’s word but sadly we just don’t do it. There are various reasons for this: maybe for you there just doesn’t seem to be enough time, or you feel overwhelmed by the bible itself, or it’s just never been a habit you’ve developed. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many believers have never fostered the spiritual discipline of regular Bible reading but it doesn’t have to be that way any longer.
This reading schedule is designed to promote this one issue – developing the habit of consistent Bible reading. Let’s get motivated by noting some of the benefits of regular Bible reading. First, you’ll grow in your relationship with God. All relationships take time to build and cultivate, even our relationship with God. Reading the Bible on a daily basis allows us the opportunity to get to know God. Second, it helps to fight temptation. We all struggle with sin. God’s word illuminates our propensity towards sin, as well as prepares us to fight it. Third, the word of God provides revival, wisdom and joy. Are you weary? Unsure of what to do? Or are you feeling down? There’s a Bible passage for that. Finally, reading the Bible on a daily basis transforms you to act like Christ. The Bible is not simply a textbook to teach us facts about Jesus, but how to emulate His way of living. As the word transforms us, we become living examples of Jesus to the world around us.
As the title suggests, this reading plan will take you through the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs throughout 2019. These three divine works have enriched the souls of believers for millennia. While you will read directly through the Psalms and Proverbs, the New Testament books are arranged in author and thematic groups. Since the goal is to develop a habit, not overwhelm you, there are only five short readings per week. Each reading is a passage from the New Testament with alternating readings from the Psalms and Proverbs.
Finally, let me suggest three practical points to help you develop a regular habit of Bible reading. First, and most important, pray often. Ask God to stir in your heart a hunger for His word and an understanding of what you read. Second, treasure your time with God’s word. Have a set time you spend with God and zealously guard it from all distractions. Lastly, share what you’ve read with others. When you share with someone what you’ve learned you deepen your own understanding; not to mention encourage others to explore God’s word. May God nourish your soul this year as you feed on the richness of His word. Amen.