As we approach the New Year, The Lord has once again put it on my heart to give emphasis to the daily reading of God’s Word. Many of the issues we face in our personal life and in the church at large would be completely eradicated if God’s people would simply take the time to seek Him through systematic, daily devotion. Every year I ask The Lord to give me a plan for promoting this all important value and this year the Holy Spirit led me to do what I have called “40 days through the Word.”
This plan consists of 2 different streams that are made up of a NT plan and a plan that I call “the whole enchilada” :). Reading through the whole Bible in 40 days may seem to be a daunting task (average 30 chap per day) but reading through the full scope of God’s amazing Word in that short amount of time will reveal things that you would never see in a longer period. This last year while reading through in Jan ’13 the Lord birthed the amazing message of hope in my heart. That message has now gone out all over this continent and continues to inspire people all over.
Whether you decide to do the NT plan, which is an average of 7 chapters a day, or go for the whole thing, I encourage you to do 2 things in order to maximize your experience.
1. Set aside a time and place for your reading that is quiet and uninterrupted. While Starbucks may be a cool place to go, it doesn’t lend itself to deep times of revelation. Scheduling your time to read God’s Word will give you a much better chance of actually doing it every day. Trying to just read whenever will be somewhere between difficult and impossible!
2. Pick a theme to study throughout the Bible. A good example would be God’s redemptive plan or anything that has to do with the Cross. If you don’t have anything in mind then allow the Holy Spirit to show you something that can stick out daily as you trek through the rich grounds of His infinite truth and love.
One final note: This year there will be no readings for Sunday’s. This was built in to give a day of rest or catch up. It also allows pastors and those with responsibility on the Lord’s Day to focus on the task at hand and not have to worry about reading that day.
My prayer is that you would draw closer than ever to the heart of God as you read His Book! May you feel yourself drawn irresistibly into His presence and find yourself weeping and rejoicing at the awesomeness of our Eternal King.
If you decided to join me then please comment below and let me know what you’ve been led to do as well as things The Lord speaks to you in the process. I’ll be posting things on Twitter under the hashtag #Bible40 and I would encourage you to do the same so we can have a collection of exciting thoughts and insight. Happy READINGS!