The beginning of a new year is a great time to start reading the Bible. Take a look at our post on Bible reading, why it’s important, and how to make this a year of reading the Bible.
With the beginning of this new year, it’s a good time to reflect on our year before. One valuable question we can ask ourselves is how we did with reading the Bible last year. Did we consider it, but didn’t know where to start? Did we try to begin, but got sidetracked along the way? Or maybe we made a daily Bible-reading schedule, but fell behind and got discouraged.
The good news is, whether you lost your stride last year, managed to keep to your daily Bible reading, or even if you’re deciding to read the Word for the first time in a regular way, you can start afresh with the Lord. A new day, a new week, a new month, and a new year give us all the opportunity to have a new beginning. Why not take the start of this year as an opportunity to renew your reading and enjoyment of God’s Word?
Our feelings shouldn’t keep us from reading the Word
Maybe we feel that our spiritual condition isn’t very good, or that we’ve failed the Lord in some way. Maybe we’ve sinned and feel unworthy to come to the Lord or open the Bible.
But whatever failures we’ve had, no matter how bad we feel, we don’t have to be hindered from coming to the Lord or His Word. If we confess our sins and failures to Him, we will be forgiven and cleansed. The precious, effective blood of Jesus takes care of all these things before God! Because of the blood of Jesus, our fellowship with the Lord can be restored, and we can come to the Bible with confidence, knowing that God wants to meet us in His Word and that His Word will refresh and nourish us.
The importance of Bible reading
As Christians, we can never underestimate the importance and value of regular, consistent Bible reading. Our faith isn’t founded on our own ideas or concepts, but on the solid Word of God. We should know and be sure of what we believe in. And our subjective faith, that is, our believing ability, is fostered and strengthened when we spend time in the living Word of God. The Bible is the food of our Christian life.
If we realize the importance of maintaining a daily Bible-reading habit, we won’t view it as an optional activity for when we feel like it, but a necessity for our Christian life. And as with anything we value as an absolute necessity, we’ll make time for it.
Building up a habit: Just as with anything else we want to do consistently, building up a regular habit will help us maintain our daily Bible reading. We all have many habits in our lives—morning routines, work or class schedules, exercise regimens, and so on. Just like with any other regular activity, we can also choose a particular time to take a few minutes to read God’s Word. Putting Bible reading time into our daily schedule—whether it’s in the morning, at lunch time, the afternoon, or the evening—will help us maintain a good Bible reading habit throughout the whole year.
Reading consecutively: One of the best ways to read the Bible is to read it consecutively, book after book, chapter after chapter. Jumping around to different portions of the Word can be good in addition to consecutive reading, but for your regular Bible reading and to get an overall picture of what the Bible says, reading God’s Word in order from start to finish is greatly beneficial.
It’s never too late to begin afresh with your Bible reading, but it’s a good opportunity at the beginning of the year to give yourself to the Lord to make reading His Word a regular part of your life. If you’d like to get to know the Word, and the Lord, better this year, we encourage you to pick up your Bible (or order a free one here) and start reading.
The Bible tells us that Job treasured God’s word more than his apportioned food. The Word contains such riches for us to enjoy! In the days and months ahead, may we all develop the wonderful habit of reading God’s Word, and even come to treasure it more than our apportioned food.
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