One of the myths of the Christian life is that you should read through the Bible every year, the whole enchilada or else. And it doesn’t count unless you use the snow plow method, that is, you start reading Genesis in January and you plow all the way to Revelation by December.
But that’s why February is Bible Bail-Out Month. It’s the time when most people get to Leviticus, and uh-oh, the Bible reading plow bogs down. What follows is a few weeks of guilty inaction that can be relieved only by picking up a copy of Our Daily Bread at the back of the church. “Oh well, maybe next year.”
My suggestion is that instead of trying to swallow the entire Bible ever year, we make it our New Year’s resolution to get a steady diet of God’s Word every day. And let’s not worry if we miss a few days throughout the year. Trust me, you will.
Just find a Bible reading plan that takes you to all parts of the Bible, reading a chapter or less per day, then stick with it. And if you fall behind, take the Bible reading advice my Dad gave me years ago, “Start today, and go forward.” It’s our enemy who wants to turn Bible reading into a guilt-driven chore. It’s our Heavenly Father who’s waiting to meet with us in his Word.
What really makes a difference in our spiritual lives is not how much of the Bible we read every year. Rather it’s how much of the Bible we remember and apply every day. So make that your goal, starting today.
It’s Bible Bail-Out Month!