One of the most common resolutions for Christians each year is to commit to reading through the Bible. Unfortunately, most of us fail to complete the task. Many of us start out well. Genesis is interesting and a number of great stories to keep us reading. Then we get to Exodus, which is not too bad. It has a few law lists to get through, but the story of Moses and the Hebrews gaining freedom from Egypt keeps us moving along. Then we get to Leviticus. This is where most read-through-the -Bible commitments meet their demise. The lists of laws and details about sacrifices prove too much and we give up.
Well, I want to encourage you to start this year with a new commitment. However, this year try finding a reading plan that is easier to maintain. Instead of reading through the Bible from cover to cover, try reading multiple sections of the Bible each day. This will give some variety to your reading and keep you from getting bogged down in Leviticus.
Do you need help finding a reading plan? The website for the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible has several posted that you could choose from. You do not need to use the ESV version to use the plan (although I do highly recommend this version). You can use whatever version you already own. Just go to their site, find the plan you like, print it off, and you are on your way. The link to their site is below:
I personally am going with the ESV Study Bible plan, which includes daily readings in 4 categories. The categories are “Psalms and Wisdom Literature”, “Pentateuch and History of Israel”, “Chronicles and Prophets”, and “Gospels and Epistles”. I think the variety each day will be refreshing.
I hope you make a commitment to read through God’s word this year. I also hope you have a plan that you can keep. Happy reading!