So, who else started a Bible reading plan at the turn of the year? I did…for the third, fourth, or 10th time in the past few years. Many people, believers and non-believers alike, start a Bible reading plan for their own personal reason. Some start a reading plan on the first of the year because they think it will “start the year off right”. Others start a plan at Easter to coincide with Christ’s resurrection which brings new life. Some just start on Monday because it’s the first day of the week. Who knows the reason. Whatever it may be, anyone who has has ever tried to start, follow, and eventually complete a reading plan can attest that it is a challenging, maybe even daunting, undertaking for a variety of reasons.
Sometimes – the challenge is trying to find the time to read the day’s selected reading because life is always tugging for our attention.
At other times, the challenge is trying to read the selected day’s reading when it just doesn’t peak our interest. (Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy…anyone…anyone?)
Having the desire to read the Bible from cover to cover, with or without a reading plan, is a noble endeavor. You are seeking God. You desire His presence in your life. You want to deepen your relationship with the Creator…or just begin one. The bible speaks to this in many places; two of which include:
- Proverbs 8:17 – “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” (ESV)
- Jeremiah 29:13 – “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (ESV)
Both verses are beautiful and honest speak to the one whom is seeking God.
So, we have some questions. How do we reconcile our aspirations to the read the Bible, with the challenges we face of actually reading it? How do we remain steadfast in the spiritual discipline of Bible reading, when we don’t find the Bible interesting? How do we maintain our focus on drawing near to the Sovereign God of the Universe through the very scriptures He uses to tell of His sovereignty? It’s not easy. It’s not common. It’s not even natural. In fact, it’s supernatural. It is outside of our nature to desire that which is good – especially the good things of God. But, the good news is – God doesn’t leave us in our nature. He doesn’t leave us to dwell in an existence apart from Him. God provides us encouragement in our endeavors of following after Him…
Grace and Peace,