So this year our pastor offered this little schedule thingie where you can read the Bible in a year. It sounded like a good idea, so I decided to get one and use it.
I’ve started reading the Bible all the way through several times in my short, unevenful life and always managed to peter out in the middle of Leviticus. This schedule is set up really well, and Lord willing I will be able to get through it all this time.
I wanted to start this because I’ve been impressed lately with the importance of having a consistent daily Bible reading time. In the midst of busy schedules and mile-long to-do lists, it seems like Bible reading gets put on the back burner when it should in fact be the very first thing.
It’s not that I haven’t wanted to do it…but for me it’s all about establishing a habit. I look at the things in my life that I do practically without thinking. How did I get to where I don’t need to tie a string around my finger to remember to do them? Because I made a habit of them.
Now, I started the schedule rather late…so I’ve been doing quite a bit of catching up. Hopefully by next week I’ll be caught up where I should be. But praise the Lord, I have had a week of consistent, every day Bible reading. And it’s completely and totally amazing how the Lord has used it this week in showing me things in my life – through the scheduled Bible readings.
In Genesis alone, in a book that frankly I know like the back of my hand from not only numerous readings in the previous failed attempts to read through the Bible, but from school and teaching the stories over and over again (the advantage of having wee little siblings as well as ones in your age group – you learn everything twice – once yourself, and once teaching it to others. ), the Lord has shown me so many things.
I want to share them all eventually – how in Genesis 2, a chapter practically memorized from my marriage-at-eighteen-obsession days, the Lord showed me something completely new – the incredible importance the wife’s role is to the welfare and life purpose of her husband, or Genesis 22, on Abraham’s faith that God would provide, even though it seemed as if He would have to pull it out of thin air.
But this has been such a blessing all ready, and it’s amazing how in just a week, I am all ready getting to where I am anticipating the next day’s reading. This schedule has really been wonderful.
Now, with the Lord’s help, I’ve just got to stick through Leviticus….