Have you ever put on a list, "read bible in a year"? I have. Why is it we don’t search for God as if we are searching a hidden treasure? Is it because we are to busy? To lazy? To naive to realize what we are missing out on? To store up God’s word means that we have to study the Bible. We must meditate on His teachings, memorize scripture. How do we do that and care for our children?
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying
your heart to understanding and if you call out for insight and cry
aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search
for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the
Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom and from
His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store
for the upright, He is a shield to those who walk is blameless, for He
guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful
ones.” Proverbs 2:1-8
The unpredictability of our children’s sleeping pattern can get in the way of scheduled time with God. Their behaviors can keep them out of child care or church while we go attend a Bible study. Our exhaustion can give us every excuse that we need not to read and study our Bible. So what is the answer?
In my 12 years of dealing with autism, I have found many excuses to take my "read bible in a year" off of my list. And I know that has not pleased God. I hate to be the bearer of bad news in our world of fast fixes. But there are no short cuts.
If we want God’s wisdom, insight, understanding, blessings and healing then we must give God some of our time. Spending time with God and studying His word brings us hope. And you and I need hope! It's time to put back on my list, "read bible in a year".
We must take time to worship Him, praise him and study the Bible. It is unexplainable to me the supernatural power that comes to me when I give God some of my time. I chose to worship and study the word of God. But there are days where I am tired, exhausted and sometimes even angry.
Sometimes I put myself through the paces of dragging myself out
of bed to go to church or I force myself to leave the house to attend a Bible study.
I have days where I have to talk myself into singing worship. It does
not come naturally to me to study or sing praise songs.
But each and every time that I do, the Lord blesses me and I have no regrets. I am strengthened, I find more assurance and more meaning to press on. It really is like a hidden treasure!
We have to add God and ourselves to our already exhausting list. But in doing so we will gain understanding, insight and become more knowledgeable. We will be protected by God from getting burned out. Everyone wins when we give God time. But it all starts with you and me.
Here is a great chance for us to put on our list to "read bible in a year". I know that it takes effort. But if we put forth the effort, we will be better because of it. God rewards those who put out the time that it takes to learn His word.
We can read through the Bible in the order that it is laid out in the Bible or chronologically. Either way is good. Reading God's word draws us into a personal relationship with God. Knowing His word is what brings us peace. Reading His word is what gives us strength. And we can go all the way from Genesis to Revelations if we give God 15 minutes a day.
That's not asking to much. I have chosen the NIV (New International Version) for my reading and those who read here on this site. If your ready to join me and put on your list, "read bible in a year" then let's get started!
Each of the books below are also a good choice to help you to read through the Bible in a year.
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