I love the days leading up to a New Year. The time of reflecting and looking ahead is always an exciting time. Recounting God’s faithfulness fills my heart with great expectations for the year to come.
For many, the new year provides a clean slate. A fresh start. A new day. Perhaps you need a fresh start in your relationship with God. The greatest way to draw near to God is by engaging with his word, the bible. It is not an overstatement to say, engaging with God’s word is the most important thing anyone can do in the new year. In my sermon this morning, I’m actually giving four reasons why we should engage the bible in the new year. Helpful tools to engaging God’s word are bible reading plans. There are tons of them out there. Tim Challies shared some of the best one’s on his blog today. Here’s an excerpt:
Ligonier Reading Plans. Ligonier offers what is probably the best and most thorough round-up of reading plans. They have plans that will take you through the Bible in a year, plans that will take you through the Bible in a few years, and plans that you can do at your own pace. Some of the plans involve only reading the Bible while others offer daily devotionals. There is something for everyone here.
ESV Bible Plans - The ESV site offers 12 different plans that are available in a variety of formats. You can also subscribe to their podcast which will allow you to listen to the Bible; if you do that you will go once through the Old Testament each year, and twice through the New Testament and Psalms…
…Bible.com - Bible.com, which offers the amazing Bible app, has a long list of plans to choose from. You will need to use the site or app to access them.
If you’ve never researched bible reading plans before, you may be overwhelmed right now with all the options that are available. Don’t sweat it. Just choose one that you think might fit you best. Don’t try to become Super Christian overnight. Select a plan that is going to help you walk with God and engage with his word. Don’t pick the “Bible Scholar Plan” and then flake out before January is over.
Pray and ask God to lead you.
Pick a plan. Get some accountability. Open the book and engage.