“For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God” Psalm 18:21
Inside of Matthew and Luke’s Gospels we find our Lord in the wilderness for 40 day. During this period Jesus is tempted by Satan himself. The weapon Christ uses during this intensified battle is his knowledge of the Scriptures. Matthew 4:4 records Jesus quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Jesus armed Himself with the words of truth. He guarded Himself with a true knowledge of what God reveals in His Word.
Not only does knowledge of God’s Word arm for spiritual warfare and victory over sin, God’s Word draws us to Him. As 2020 has begun, let us make a united goal. Lets seek to know more of God through the reading of His Word. Below I have listed a number of reading plans to encourage each other in Bible reading!
Reading Options for 2020
Here is a 5 Day Reading Plan through the entire Bible. This allows for easy catchup if you fall behind or know certain days of the week are more challenging: 5 Day Reading Program
Maybe reading the entire Bible in a year is overwhelming to consider. How about trying a less lofty goal. Here is a plan to travel through the New Testament in 1 year that is broken into 5 days of reading: New Testament Plan
Another approach to reading the Bible is a chronological reading of the Bible. This plan seeks to present the Bible in historical order. This plan is scheduled for reading each day of the week: Chronological Plan
The way I usually read through the Bible is a straight Canonical Plan. This simple means I start in Genesis and read through until I reach Revelation’s end. Most of people prefer a different approach, but for some reason this particular plan has worked best for me. This plan is scheduled for reading each day of the week: Canonical Plan
Depending on your pace of reading, the Bible has been calculated to be a 72 hour read. If you read at the average pace, the Bible could be completed by reading an hour and a half each week! Seeing the goal in this light makes the idea of such a task more manageable.
My personal goal for 2020 is to read through the Bible 3 times. During my seminary days I had a professor, Dr. Stephen Wellum, challenge his students to try reading through the Bible between 3 to 7 times a year! In the future I would love to attempt 7, but this year I have set the goal to 3. I would love to hear what goals you have made for this year. May this time in God’s Word honor our Lord, encourage his saints, and bless those around us!
In Christ by His Grace,