There is a reason why diets are something we have to be disciplined and intentional about: it’s because we are exactly the opposite of disciplined and intentional on our own! Given our own choice, we would much rather pig-out on food that is unhealthy and contains no necessary nutrients for our bodies. And, if there is anything I have learned so far in my journey of faith, it is that I am much the same way with my intake of spiritual nutrition.
I think many Christians’ struggle with Bible reading is not so much a lack of desire to do it, but a lack of a disciplined and intentional plan to begin. There’s a common saying among the weightlifting community that goes, “Friends don’t let friends skip leg day.” In other words, you can’t just workout your core and walk around with scrawny little legs. It’s the same with the Bible – you can’t skip the less exciting and action-packed parts of Scripture in order to get to the easier stuff. That is where a good Bible reading plan comes in!
I have used a Bible reading plan ever since I was in my senior year of high school, along with the discipline of journaling after I read. It keeps me in the Word of God and prevents me from skipping over any material I otherwise would probably not read. I’ve gained a deeper understanding of the whole sweep of God’s redemptive story by going through the Bible systematically with a helpful reading plan, and you can too!
Ligonier Ministries recently compiled a resource of many of the popular Bible reading plans out there, along with free downloadable/printable links to them. You should check it out, decide which one would benefit you most, and get digging into God’s Word.
As Christians, we must believe Jesus when he said that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). When we treat the Bible as necessary as our daily food, we suddenly realize what the Bible means when it says that those who delight themselves in the Word of God are blessed, stable, and fruitful (Psalm 1). The Bible is a book like no other, because it is alive through the Spirit of God who inspired it. Not only do we find in the Bible a book that we can understand, but a book that understands us and the world we live in, with the God of the universe as its Author.
Who wouldn’t want to read that?
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