On Monday I will start my new Bible reading plan for the year. I’m going with a chronological one arranged by George Guthrie, professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, TN.
This daily Bible is arranged thematically by ordering Scripture in such a way that you are “Reading God’s Story,” His plan of redemption from start to finish. It is broken out into 52 weeks of readings (six readings per week); and uses the Holman Christian Standard Bible version (HCSB). A free audio app is also available.
Last year, I enjoyed reading through The MacArthur Daily Bible in the New King James Version (NKJV). I love to switch up the Bible translation that I will read through each year. That’s because I often see something in a passage that I’ve never seen before. Memorized verses can appear all too familiar to me, but when they are reworded ever so slightly I’m struck by it anew.
What’s most important for the true worshiper of God is to be reading His Word daily. As a result of this, “his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psa 1:2).
Jonathan Edwards recognized the value of making time for the reading of Scripture (by the way, we never ‘find’ time, we must ‘make’ it). In 1722, he penned his 28th resolution which reads:
Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of them.
I can’t wait to dive in. My plan is much the same as last year’s: to post a verse from the daily readings on social media each morning (Monday through Saturday; tagged as #dailybible). A handful of you are reading along with me, and so I appreciate the accountability.
If you are interested in learning more about the daily Bible I’m using, be sure to check out Trevin Wax’s 2011 interview with George Guthrie on The Gospel Coalition‘s website: http://goo.gl/61wdLb.