Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105 ESV)
They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11 ESV)
New Years Day is coming in two weeks, and many make a resolution to read in the Bible more consistently than they have in the past, and many don’t stick to that resolution.
Here’s what works for me.
Rather than using a reading schedule, with a daily listing of what chapters to read, I usually use a Bible reading checklist:
It has all sixty-six books of the Bible, with their chapters, and I put a slash through the numbers as I read.
This gives me greater flexibility than a schedule does, yet still helps me to reach my reading goals, which include making sure I read the entire New Testament every year. In 2008, I focused my Old Testament reading on the later historical books, such as 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther; as well as the wisdom literature: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. In 2009, I plan to focus on the prophets and then go back to Genesis. One advantage of this system over using a schedule is that I can vary my pace.
Feel free to download and print this for yourself and pass it on to others:
My hope and prayer is to encourage you to be in the Word in 2009, and that you would know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ better because of it.
Grace and Peace
P.S. Here are some reading schedules for those who are more inclined that way:
ESV Bible Reading Plans — several different ways to get through the Bible or just the New Testament in a year.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne reading schedule — twice through the NT & Psalms, once through the OT