Do you have a plan to read the Bible during 2012? I try to read the Bible every day, following a plan for the year. Usually I try to read the entire Bible in one year, though sometimes I follow a different plan and read the New Testament in a year or read the entire Bible over more than one year.
In 2011, I read the Chronological Bible in the English Standard Version. I like to read the Chronological Bible periodically to read the Bible in the order events occurred, rather than in the order they appear in the Bible. I find it especially interesting to read the Psalms in the sequence of when they were written in relation to events that happened. Psalm 51 becomes even more meaningful when read immediately following the story of David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah.
In 2010, I followed a devotional, For the Love of God, that included daily readings of several chapters each from the Old and New Testaments.
This year I plan to read the Bible from beginning to end in the American Standard Version. I’ve never read the entire Bible in this version, so I’m looking forward to it. I find I make new discoveries and come to new understandings every time I read the Bible, and varying the reading plan and version gives me new perspectives.
And if you are new to regular Bible reading and the thought of reading the entire Bible in one year seems overwhelming, you can read a chapter a day. Or read for ten minutes a day—however much you can read in that time.
Whatever plan you choose, I encourage you to read the Bible regularly in the coming year.