Your-Plan, Your-Pace Bible Reading Record

Of making many Bible reading plans there is no end.  And I say, the more the merrier.  Exalted right up there beside God’s name is his word (Psalm 138:2).  So without further ado, let me tell you a little bit about the Your-Plan, Your-Pace Bible Reading Record.  Much is familiar about this plan in comparison with other plans, such as microscopic font and scores of tiny boxes to check.  Three things, however, make this plan somewhat unique in Bible reading plandom.

First, it’s not so much a plan (singular) as it is a choice of plans (plural).  You can choose to read straight through the Bible; or read from the Law on Mondays, the Prophets on Tuesdays, the Writings on Wednesdays, the Gospels on Thursdays, Acts/Letters on Fridays; or skip around from book to book; etc.  The point is that with this plan the reader has flexibility to customize his or her reading agenda according to good sense and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Second, by disconnecting the plan from the calendar, the reader can go at his or her own pace.  Read through the Bible in a year, twice in a year, once in two years, or whatever.  The goal isn’t to careen through the Scriptures checking boxes as fast as possible.  The goal is to commune with the triune God, and to become like him through faith and obedience.  If moving slowly through the Bible awakens your mind and heart for God, by all means slow down your pace.  And don’t feel guilty about it!  If, on the other hand, you begin to see the glory of God only after burying yourself under piles and piles of paragraphs, then adopt a pace that will move you quickly through the Bible.  George Muller commended reading large volumes of Scripture; Spurgeon, short passages with lots of meditation.  Either way, choose the pace at which you most frequently find yourself enjoying the living God.

Third, the Old Testament arrangement follows the Hebrew Bible rather than the English Bible.  Quirky though it may be, I wanted to encourage people to know the Old Testament the same way Jesus himself most likely knew it.  Furthermore, there seems to be an intentional narrative design behind the Hebrew arrangement of books.  If that’s so, there are fresh insights awaiting us as we read the Old Testament in the Hebrew order rather than the English order.

As you peruse reading plans for 2012, check this one out.  And whether you use this particular plan or not, don’t forget what they say about failing to plan.

Your-Plan, Your-Pace Bible Reading Record