So I’ve embraced the challenge: Bible in a year. Why? Because these past few weeks – the ups and downs – have shown me that I can trust my God to change any (seemingly) bad situation and turn it into an opportunity. I have experienced His love and mercy in tangible ways that have brought on a desire to move closer towards Him and walk in His ways more passionately and with more determination than before.
In addition, the Bible is full of stories of encounters with this living God. Stories of sorrows and of hope, fear and joy. There are stories that puzzle me and things I don’t understand. What I love about the concept of the Bible in a year is that the organisers post their thoughts about each daily reading on their blog (www.thebibleinoneyear.wordpress.com) and encourage comments and questions. As a result, this isn’t something I am doing on my own, rather there is a whole community of readers who have the same desire to seek the One who loved us first. In addition, each day includes a reading from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and a Psalm or extracts from Proverbs.
I am on day 4 of this ‘challenge’ and already I am beginning to understand the familiar stories in Genesis and Matthew in a different way. Discovering the connection between the Old Testament and the New Testament (and there are many subtle details, it would appear) is proving to be an exciting journey!
It’s not too late to join in this experience! It works with an ordinary Bible, all the readings are listed on the blog (see link above). If you like, there are specific Bibles available with each reading in a daily format to save flicking between the listed passages.
I believe this is going to be an incredible journey in which we can gain an understanding of how to live the Word and become shining stars. If you do decide to take the plunge, perhaps you could leave a comment on how you’re getting on/put some questions out there for others to think about. There will definitely be updates with some of my own thoughts and encouragement – and I’m sure plenty of interesting discoveries!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17