Reading Through the Bible in a Year

How many times have we resolved at the first of each New Year to read through the Bible in its entirety by the end of the year and always seem to come up short? Untold numbers of books, brochures and even Bibles have been produced over the years to aid us in following a specified plan of Bible reading in order to accomplish our God-given desire to bring us to the last chapter of Revelation at the close of the year in December.

For a few weeks we are able to keep pace but then life gets busier and we find ourselves lagging behind because of missing days or chapters of the predetermined Bible reading plan. By February we rush to catch up only to find it impossible because we still cannot get on track. Eventually guilt sets in as springtime blooms and by Easter we feel like a failure with thoughts of abandoning daily Bible reading altogether.

A better, less stressful way to read through God’s Word is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide your reading. It may take a year, it may take longer, for as you read from day-to-day you may read one chapter and find so much to meditate on, whereas other days you may read several chapters as you become engrossed with what you are reading and don’t want to stop.

We are told in Scripture to read God’s Word, meditate on it day and night, and hide its words in our hearts that we might not sin against Him. The most important thing is to be reading God’s Word. We are promised the Holy Spirit will guide us unto all Truth (John 16:13). Let the Holy Spirit guide your Bible reading this year, not man, for man is fallible and not up to the task!

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