Whether tackling the project on-line or in print it may seem daunting to consider reading the Bible in a year. Fortunately, when parsed out in daily portions of Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs it is not only possible but relatively easy to digest the entire Bible in 365 days.
A small amount of discipline (and about 15 to 20 minutes per day) is all that’s required to follow the formula and stick with the regimen. This effort is easier and more rewarding than most diet and exercise programs. Unlike a diet, when life gets busy and discipline is lax, there’s no such thing as backsliding. What’s been read is still read and what’s yet to be read is still waiting. When life slows down, catching up on the daily readings can happen at whatever pace life affords.
With prayer, the reading will always come at the most appropriate time. Although a given reading might have been slated for the prior month, somehow the verses will strike a chord that is very relevant for the day it’s read.
No matter how successful the effort, at the end of the year the reader will be way ahead of most folks who never get past Genesis or Exodus. It takes gumption to push past those opening books, to discover the drama and intrigue that far exceeds anything found on television today.
By splitting the readings into digestible segments and mixing the Old and New Testaments with Psalms and Proverbs, a daunting challenge becomes a manageable year-long effort. The daily combination of readings will resonate, provoking connections between the historical, the prophetic and the world we live in.