This is not just the beginning of a new year, but also the beginning of a new endeavor – to read through the Bible. The Bible is made up of different styles of writing (poetry, history, correspondence, etc.), written by numerous individuals, and spans several centuries. While some would think that the variety of authors from different moments of history might lessen the cohesive message of the Bible, it actually amplifies the orchestration by God to use so many voices to carry the unified example of love and mercy for all. As you begin this Year of the Bible, make a commitment to spend part of each day reading and in prayer.
There might be days where your schedule gets in the way, but do not let stop you from continuing on the next day – or the one after. There will always be circumstances that can interrupt a journey, but stay strong and keep going. During this month you’ll encounter some of the biggest stories of the Bible, certainly the biggest of the Old Testament. In just one month, you’ll experience the creation of the world, the building of the ark and subsequent flood, all the famous spiritual ancestors, enslavement in Egypt, and God’s deliverance of the Hebrew people.
START A HERITAGE BIBLE
This year would be a great time to start creating a Heritage Bible for your loved ones. As you read your Bible, write your comments along the way to indicate your favorite scriptures, questions that you have, or comments on different passages.