Reading the Bible is a discipline.
Not as in you’re-in-trouble discipline, but a daily routine that needs to be enforced if you’re actually going to DO it.
In January 2009, I decided on a whim– really, at the very last minute– to join an online group that was tweeting using the #B90Days hashtag on Twitter. I thought they were crazy.
I criticized and told several that there was no WAY they could read the Bible that fast.
And then that first day they began reading, I found myself starting with them. It was not easy. Sometimes I wanted to quit. I consistently got behind nearly every weekend because I work. I joined their Twitter chat every Monday, asked questions and tried to keep up with the stream. Motivation poured into me from hundreds of women all doing the same thing I was doing.
And I finished in 88 days. It was exhilarating! It was amazing! It was so neat to actually know what the pastor was talking about when he referenced Old Testament people, situations, or traditions.
It clicked for me.
The Bible, in its entirety, is actually NEEDED to be able to understand this Christian life. Imagine that– we NEED God’s Word to understand how he wants us to live? You’re darn right we do. Even the Old Testament. All of those old traditions and the Laws and every little tiny detail that the Lord thought was so important that they are described, multiple times, down to the finely twisted threads in the tapestry.
Because God cares about every little, tiny, seemingly insignificant detail.
It has become my yearly commitment: To begin each new year with a fresh reading through the Bible. I started the B90 plan again this last week, on January 1st. Already He’s showing me things I didn’t notice the last three times I did it. Already He’s speaking to me, teaching me new truths from the old truths within the covers of the oldest book.
If you’ve never read the entire Bible, I encourage you to try this. It won’t be easy but I promise you it will be worth it!