And in His law he meditates day and night
- Psalms 1:2
We all know about "Read Your Bible in a Year" plans. And there are also six month plans. And even a 90 day plan!
These aren't bad things. I've read my Bible in a year and in that year, marvelled at the connections between Old and New Testament as I saw God's covenant and plan pass from age to age.
However, reading on the fast track isn't the only way. We learn different things from God in all the many ways we study and experience Him. And this year, even as I am surrounded by the convenience of one-year Bible reading challenges, I have decided on something a little different.
I'm reading my Bible slowly. Very slowly. I don't know how quickly I'll get from end to end because this time I'm focusing on the journey rather than that last page of Revelation which is arguably the destination. I know it will take more than a year, though.
My plan is obviously not a regimented plan, and I don't have a set schedule to go with it. I suppose in a world of planners, I might be rebelling just a little bit. I just get up in the mornings, read the selection for my group Bible study, and then flip to Genesis (why yes, it's February and I'm still in Genesis) and see how much God wants me to read. My one commitment is that I will read and study every day.
And as I read over the text, often more than once, the patterns of word and phrase jump out at me. With no deadline on reaching the end of the Book, I am set free to research meanings of words, differences between translations, I can chase cross-references all through Scripture and it's making me see God differently.
I read through the Bible quickly last year and was blessed by getting some small glimpse of the big picture. And now, for the next few years, I will get to read more closely. As I read Genesis, I feel so much closer to God. As Christians, we tend to focus more closely on Jesus as shown to us in the Gospels, but as I study now, I can feel a sense of excitement about Jesus as I see this great plan of salvation taking shape. We are instructed in Isaiah 34:16 to "Search from the Book of the Lord and read," and as I do this, I find myself loving God and loving Christ more each day.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
So, tell me. Am I the only rebellious slow reader out there? How does God speak to you through His word?
And I'm linking up at Faith Barista today: