When was the last time you read your Bible cover-to-cover?
Hmm . . . well, I’ve attempted to read it cover-to-cover MANY times. I’ve tried the 1-year thing, the 6-month thing and the tiny-bit-plus-a-Proverb-each-day thing. I’ve failed every time. I’m sure I’ve read the entire Bible since becoming a Christ follower about 30 years ago, however I have never read it from Genesis to Revelation without skipping sections in between. I’m more of a skip-around-from-chapter-to-chapter kinda gal.
However, for a long time now I have been feeling convicted.
See, I’m an avid reader. AVID, I tell you. At any given time, I will be reading at least one, but usually two novels (or series) plus a bunch of magazines. At the moment, I’m reading Joel Rosenberg’s The Ezekiel Option (whoa!!) and I just finished book 7 (of 11) in The AD Chronicles by Bodie and Brock Thoene. I highly recommend these books!!
But I’m losing track of my point. My point is, while I love reading Christian fiction, I KNOW that The Bible, written by God, is full of exciting true stories that God wants to share with me. He wants me to see his complete story from beginning to end, and I know that he will speak to me through this experience.
How is it that I can read a novel in a day or two, yet I haven’t made it a priority to read the entire Bible from beginning to end?
That is why I have embarked on The Bible in 90 Days Challenge. Yes, that’s right. I intend to read the Bible in about 90 days from cover-to-cover without skipping anything in the middle. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, and I’m so excited to finally accomplish this goal.
When I read a good novel, I make the time to read it. I stay up past midnight with my heart racing and my mind fully engaged. That is how I want to read the Bible. With my mind and my heart fully engaged in God’s truth.
I’ve just completed Day 5 (through Exodus 16), and I’m happy to report that I am LOVING this. I’m not holding myself to a strict “must be done before the kids wake up” kind of schedule. I’m reading throughout the day as time allows. Most days, I get a large chunk of time (30-45 minutes) while the boys are playing or resting. I’m able to read quite a bit, without distraction. Of course, there have been days when my reading has been spread out over the day: through nap time (yeah, right) and into track practice (when I was totally distracted by the conversation next to me) and then finishing up before bed. My rules are to read intentionally and get it done. Because I WANT to. Not out of feelings of guilt, but because I want to know the Lord better.
And, you know what? My deliberate reading of the Bible is so exciting to me! The characters have come to life in my mind like they never have before. As I read from one day to the next, the connections are fresh in my mind and the stories flow from one to the next, as God intended. I can’t wait to dig in to tomorrow’s assignment!
If you have ever wanted to read the entire Bible, and God is telling you that the time is right, I invite you to join us!! You are really not very far behind! One night of reading (through some absolutely riveting stories – Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Joseph, Moses and The Exodus) and you will be caught up!
Have you ever read the Bible from cover-to-cover? What was your experience like?