Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Advent begins last Sunday, and with it, I begin my third year of reading through the entire Bible. I know there are a plethora of Bible study guides out there, but I use on called the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan. This particular plan divides the Bible into seven categories, one for each day of the week:
- Sunday - Epistles
- Monday - The Law
- Tuesday - History
- Wednesday - Psalms (my favorites!)
- Thursday - Poetry (Did you know the Book of Job is included here?)
- Friday - Prophesy
- Saturday - Gospels
Obviously, this guideline is one which jumps regularly between the Old and New Testaments. That might not appeal to everyone, but I've so enjoyed the change-up each day.
And speaking of change-ups, I've decided to implement some exercises that I hope will enhance my daily reading of the Word. The majority of my first year with this study program was spent in The Message. The second year, I used the NIV, NRSV and NKJV alternately. For this third year, I'm going to explore as many versions as I can, using Bible Gateway. That should keep things interesting, as if God's Word by itself isn't interesting enough!
Next, I've decided to keep two separate journals, one for the Old Testament and one for the New. When I read the OT, I plan to consciously seek out and record scripture that points to the coming of Jesus. The NT will afford me an opportunity to single out particular verses, and rewrite them in my own words as a prayer, or perhaps, a poem if I'm feeling brave.
Yes, I'm truly excited to be off on this new adventure of immersing myself in God's Word on a deeper level. If you don't currently practice a daily routine of Bible study, I do hope you will download the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan and hop on board for the ride with me. And if you do have a study guide that works for you, please share it in the comments section.
Remember, my friends, the Word of God never grows old nor wears out. Like His love and mercies, it is new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
His Word - our lamp, our light.