One of our granddaughters once drew a selfie which included us. “I gave us glasses,” she explained to me, “but not Nonno (grandfather) because he can never find his anyway!” She knows her Nonno well. The absent-minded professor in person, constantly misplacing his keys, glasses, and other things!
But he has an amazing memory for the Bible. Not only remembering passages, but also where to find them.
I always figured (a bit enviously) that it was God’s special gift to him. Until he explained that it’s just a regular intake of the Scriptures, and taking in large quantities (10-15 chapters) daily.
Spiritual growth, like most things, doesn’t just happen. To become an accomplished musician requires practice. Getting in shape takes working out. And in order to grow spiritually we must feed our soul.
Shortly after that conversation, I came upon Professor Grant Horner’s plan for reading 10 chapters daily. So with Hubby’s words ringing in my ears I decided to try it and found he was right. I had been expecting to remember things without truly imprinting them on my mind.
3 reasons for reading through the Bible yearly.
1. It helps us see the whole picture.
We need a clear idea of Scripture’s bigger picture. It follows a clear historical timeline, all plainly leading up to and culminating in God’s redemption of humanity. To get the full picture takes reading the whole story, from start to finish.
With no set plan, we’re more likely to hop around in our reading. Which often means more frequent reading of the books we like, while avoiding those we see as tedious or uncomfortable. Creating either a distorted picture of the Bible or lopsided faith.
Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17 WEB
2. It helps us more fully understand what God is saying.
Having the mind of Christ and hearing what he is truly saying are not simple endeavors. Our understanding is only partial and often filled with misconceptions.
By taking in the whole Bible, there is less risk of making the text what we want it to say. And we become increasingly proficient at seeing what the passage truly teaches.
Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned.1 Corinthians 2:14 WEB
3. It helps us to move on to spiritual meat.
Twice in the Scriptures, Paul had to reprove the believers for their lack of spiritual maturity. We can’t understand the deeper things of Scripture, unless we first get the whole picture.” God’s Word builds Scripture upon Scripture. And when we take in the whole counsel of God day-by-day, we are laying a solid foundation for understanding it and become more adept at digging further in to more fully understand God’s life-changing teachings.
Brothers, I couldn’t speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ. I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren’t yet ready. Indeed, not even now are you ready.1 Corinthians 3:1-2 WEB
So where to start?
There are several places which offer free downloads of various types of Bible reading plans.
- Professor Grant Horner’s 10 Chapters per day (which is what I use)
- Into Thy Word
- M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plans
- Table Talk’s Bible Reading Plans
Or if you prefer reading online, Bible Study Tools offers a wide variety of plans to choose from.
And then what?
Reading through the Bible yearly is not a magic formula, but it is a good start. It’s not meant to replace other valuable and necessary spiritual disciplines like Bible study, Scripture meditation, Scripture memorization, prayer, fasting, worship, service, and so on.
Bible reading, like any of the other spiritual disciplines is all about becoming, and not just something to check off our to-do list. Becoming disciples able to handle the word of truth. And becoming more and more like our Lord and Savior.
Bible reading is a help to knowing and pleasing the One we love so much.
Read the whole Bible in 2018. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!