Let’s face it. You’ve probably started a handful of Bible reading plans. As each year closes, we evaluate areas of life and decide where we want to make some changes. One of those areas is our lack of Bible intake. What better way to solve that than a plan that takes us through the Bible each day! Right? But why do we fail? Why is it common that most people who start a Bible reading plan don’t finish?
Speaking from my personal experience, I don’t do well with Bible reading plans. I’ve tried a few. I’ve failed at all of them. And I don’t know if I stuck with it past January. I’m just not a Bible reading plan kind of guy. And if this sounds like you, I’ve got some news for you. It’s perfectly fine to not be a Bible reading plan type of person. What is important, though, is daily intake of the Scriptures for your growth in Christ. Do you have to use a Bible reading plan in order to do this? Definitely not. But you should have some sort of “plan” for your Bible reading. Let me explain more….
We need to have some sort of an idea of where we are going when we read Scripture. Do you have to follow one of these plans that you see on the internet? Certainly not. But you should have some idea as to what your Bible reading looks like. Want to study a specific book? Great, use that as your Bible reading plan. Want to learn more about the Old Testament and how it points us to Christ? Great idea, use that as a model for your daily reading. But have something. Have an idea or a plan for your Bible reading.
When we fail to plan, we plan to fail. I heard that somewhere before. And it makes a lot of sense. You don’t have to commit yourself to a year long Bible reading plan, but you need to have some sort of plan when it comes to reading Scripture. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for failure. And more importantly, you are missing out on a lot of the riches of Scripture. Don’t think that, in order to be successful at reading the Bible this year, you’ve got to sign up for some sort of plan. The only commitment you need to make is the commitment of daily intake. Of daily study. Being engaged with the text through notes and highlights and jotting down your observations. That’s the important thing.
Believer, don’t be discouraged. Give yourself to the lifelong pursuit of Christ through His Word.