My post yesterday was about getting in and seeking God with all of our hearts.
At the beginning of this year, God impressed on my heart that I needed to read the Bible all the way through in 2015.
This is something I really never expected to do in my lifetime. I know…this is crazy…why wouldn’t I?
Why wouldn’t any and all Christians not only expect to, but WANT to read God’s Word.
After all, how do we learn who He is without doing so?
So, on New’s Year’s Eve, I began a journey. I had a desire to read the Bible in all of its Goodness before the year was over. But something happened…
I was hooked!
I was so intrigued by what I was not only reading, but learning. I couldn’t put it down. I was reading for hours at a time…staying up late…reading when I used to be scrolling down Facebook…
Kind of crazy, huh? Or is it?
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.“ – Joshua 1:8
The Bible was meant to not only be read, but to be studied. Men lost their lives so that we could know the things of God that are intended for us.
So I began my journey and was infatuated with the things I was reading. Some things were brand new to me, others made so much more sense than before…and also, reading through the Old Testament will cause anybody to repent daily!
I just kept getting more and more ahead in my schedule until I finished the entire Bible…
in 2 months…
I do not mention this to toot my own horn but to give God the glory. I didn’t just read to read but I was learning like crazy and growing closer to God like never before!
Now, let’s fast forward to June…I could have read it again since March but have I? Nope! I’m not even 1/2 way through again…I’m probably not even a quarter of the way through again.
A big part of me wanted to dig right back in and begin again but I will be completely honest… Part of me thought, ‘well, I can mark reading the Bible all the way through off my list of Christian duties…now what?’
Well you know how God is…He kind of likes to get our attention and if it takes a big bald headed man of God to do that, then so be it!
A good friend of ours is a Bible reading, Bible studying machine and he loves to encourage others to dive right in there with him. Well, I seen him yesterday…and he scared me. (not really but he did cause me to want to jump right back in like I was before)
So here we are in June 2015…and I begin again.
Where will it take me this time?….only time will tell…
Thy word…is a lamp unto my feet…and a light unto my path…
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
I could go on and on with why scripture is important for us…
But as for today, I begin in Genesis chapter 1.
If you are interested in joining me, here is the Chronological plan that I will be following.