New Year is traditionally a time where many of us make New Year’s resolutions, in one form or another. The majority of resolutions quickly fall by the wayside, and in many ways, there is nothing to stop us resolving on a particular course of action at any point in the year. However, there is something about a New Year that can give us more of an impetus than at other times, as in one sense it provides us with a blank slate. Depending on your character, perhaps you are more likely to achieve something substantial if you set goals for the year.
One of the best resolutions we could make at the beginning of 2019 is to become more familiar with the Bible, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
It has been suggested that there are two approaches to daily Bible reading, intimacy & Familiarity. Intimacy comes through slow meditative reading of smaller portions, whereas familiarity comes through faster reading of larger portions.
There are many Bible reading plans which take us through the whole Bible in a year. The Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan, takes you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice each year, by reading four chapters a day. It is beneficial to become more familiar with the Bible as a whole.
If you haven’t read through the whole Bible in a year, it may sound like an onerous task, but you might surprise yourself to find that it is both an obtainable and a rewarding goal. Why not try it for 2019?
If you have previously read through the whole Bible in a year, but have fallen out of the habit, then why not start again in 2019? Ligonier have posted a number of Bible reading plans, available Here.