Soul Food

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.  Psalm 119:105
As we are approaching the beginning of a new calendar year – I try to encourage both myself and the congregation I serve to adopt a Bible reading plan for going through the whole Bible in a year.

I believe this to be important for the following reasons:

  • it will make us more disciplined in our ability to listen to God’s voice through His word
  • it will make us familiar with ‘the whole counsel of God’, rather than just our favourite passages
  • it pushes us to wrestle (study, ask questions) with passages and issues that are more challenging
I have tried several plans and I still find that the most helpful for me personally is a very straight forward, reading through the Bible form Genesis to Revelation. It takes 3 chapters on a weekday and 5 at the weekend to get through in a year. I tried the 3/4 different passages a day (OT, NOT, Psalms, Proverbs) and while it made it easier going when reading some harder passages, it was too disjointed for me.

Here are some other tips that could enhance your experience:

  • Strive to hit the right note – steering clear of legalistic guilt and a flesh-driven undisciplined life. Regular and intentional bible reading will be a battle. The deeper you get into God’s word –  the more likely we are to grow spiritually and influence our world. You need to plan and persevere but not fall under condemnation if you fall behind. Just say no to the accuser and read on!
  • Start to write things down. Get a notebook and write. Write anything that strikes you: a verse, a thought a question…. That will enhance your experience and mark the memory. It will be a joy alter on to read through that notebook.
  • Be generous with what you read – pass it on via social media, a text message, during a visit or share it with your family at meal times.
  • Link Bible reading with prayer – I find that a Scripture-led prayer life is a much richer and it avoids the consumer approach to prayer.
For those of you with families, I would encourage you to make room in your daily family routine to read at least part of those passages together, allowing room for discussion and prayer.

I wrote this with the humility of one who fails so often at this but doesn’t give into guilt and defeat, also recognizing that personalities need to adapt to different styles.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.   James 1:22
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One thought on “Soul Food

  1. I agree I have found reading God,s word from begining to end helpful, although eartly distractions do cause me to stumble.
    So far I’ve finished upto Isisah.

    Thanks for the nudge to get back on track Cristi.

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