Every year, especially leading up to the start of a new year, a plethora of articles are published on how to read the entire Bible in a year with a variety of Bible reading plans available. And every year I bury my head as the thought of trying to read (with understanding, mind you) the Bible from cover-to-cover in one year is just, well, so daunting. At one time I owned a copy of the “One Year Bible” that plans out each day of the year with Bible readings. I didn’t get very far in it.
If one starts with Genesis, by the time you get to Leviticus you might want to throw in the towel (see an article published in February 21, 2021, titled, “Where Bible Reading Plans Go to Die,” by Barbara Lee Harper, blogger, wife, mother, and grandmother, who lists some very good reasons why Leviticus is good to read). She also published a blog post on December 6, 2020, titled, “How To Get Out of a Bible Reading Rut,” that has some very good suggestions (I’ve bookmarked that post). One of her key points in that post is this:
Remember the purpose of time in the Word: not just to get through a certain number of chapters or a certain amount of time, but to meet with the Lord and get to know Him better. (Quote source here.)
To spend time reading the Bible and getting to know God better should not be seen as drudgery or boring (and without guilt as the motivation to do so, either). So, this afternoon as I was searching online again for a Bible reading plan, I discovered a chart on two websites that shows the approximate amount of time it takes to read each of the 66 books in the Bible. As I looked at it, suddenly it seemed more “doable” when broken down into the actual amount of time it takes to read each book. Looking at the chart, it didn’t look like such a huge or monumental task after all. The chart below is located on both “Desiring God” (click here), and “Bible Gateway” (click here):
Bible Gateway has a number of Bible reading plans that include the entire Bible in several formats, and also reading plans on the Gospels, the New Testament, Proverbs Monthly, and others available at this link. As I was looking over the selection, I decided to subscribe to the “Daily Reading for Personal Growth, 40 Days with God.” It may not be an entire Bible reading plan, but least it’s a start, right? And it starts tomorrow!
More suggestions for Bible reading plans are available in this article published on January 4, 2022, on the Bible Gateway Blog titled, “This Year Select a Bible Reading Plan That’s Right for You,” by Jonathan Petersen, Content Manager for Bible Gateway (click here to go to the article).
I also found a large selection of reading plans at Bible.com not only including Bible reading plans but a wide variety of topics under the subjects of Anxiety, New to Faith, Through the Bible, Marriage, Dating, Work, Leadership, Prayer, Worship, Forgiveness, Faith, Listen and Watch, Divorce, Addiction, Women, Men, Youth, Kids, and Young Adults. Check them out at this link.
I’ve already mentioned Desiring God above, and here is a link to some of their Bible reading resources. Also, one of my favorite websites that I quote from a lot in my blog posts is GotQuestions.org. There is a massive amount of information on that site and one can spend hours just reading through the answers to thousands of questions pertaining to the Bible. It is a real gold mine of Biblical information (click here).
When I started writing this blog post I was needing encouragement to get started on a Daily Bible reading plan, and I went from being sort of “down in the dumps” (I call it the January blahs) to being really encouraged with all that I have found and have linked to in this blog post. I hope you have found encouragement, too, if you don’t know where to start to find a Daily Bible reading plan, and you are feeling a bit overwhelmed as to where to start.
I guess you could say “start anywhere you want.” There are plenty of options in the links above as starting points to choose from. And you never know where God might take you as you read and meditate on His Word everyday.
I’ll end this post with the words from Psalm 119:105 which states: Your Word is a lamp
To my feet . . .
And a light . . .
To my path . . . .
YouTube Video: “You Raise Me Up” by Selah:
YouTube Video: “Revelation Song” (live) by Guy Penrod: