If you’ve missed my posts for the last week, I’m writing some of my thoughts and reflections as I read through the Bible this year. I’m doing this because I want to encourage you in your Bible reading. I am giving a small amount of background material, but for detailed explanation of a passage after you’ve read it, I recommend talking with your own pastor or, if you have difficulty finding someone with whom to discuss a passage, look at John MacArthur’s sermon archive at his Grace to You ministry site. You can listen to or read his excellent expository preaching of the Bible. I keep a link to this site in the right sidebar under Resources.
I’ve finished the first week of the reading plan I’m using developed by Michael Coley that mix readings from different sections of the Bible. There’s information in the banner at the top at Read the Bible in 2011 as well as links to previous posts. Two different plans are given in the right sidebar. If you’ve never taken the time to read several chapters of the Bible in one sitting, I encourage you to try it. The Word of God is sustaining spiritual bread for us and without it our spirits starve even as our body would starve if it were never fed. If you didn’t start on January 1, don’t worry—I didn’t start on January 1, either! If you have trouble keeping up or you miss a day, don’t give up. Geoffrey Thomas writes in Reading the Bible:
“The chief aim of studying the Scriptures is not the amount read or even the reading itself. The aim is to know God….
“In whatever ways we adapt the suggested plan to our own particular needs we must aim at reading two or three chapters at a sitting, or a whole book or epistle. There are many precious things we shall never see unless we read the Word of God in large chunks….
“The briefest regular perusal of Scripture has deep and largely unconscious effects upon us. So even if your achievements on certain days fall short of your desires, do not be discouraged, for ‘in due season we shall reap if we faint not’ [Galatians 6.9]….
“…Let the Word break over your heart and mind again and again as the years go by, and imperceptibly there will come great changes in your attitude and outlook and conduct. You will probably be the last to recognize these. Often you will feel very, very small, because increasingly the God of the Bible will become to you wonderfully great.”
May the Lord be with you and bless you in 2011, and may you grow in your love and knowledge of Him through the reading of His Word.
Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
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Geoffrey Thomas, Reading the Bible.
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