I’ve never sat down and read the Bible cover-to-cover before, though I think through Bible studies and school growing up I’ve read the whole Bible. This year I decided to do one of the reading plans on YouVersion. YouVersion has free mobile apps, and I have one on my iPod Touch and one for my android phone. I really like YouVersion a lot! Around January 1st, I read through all the reading plans and selected one to follow. I’m doing the Historical plan. Here is the write-up about it:
“Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to read the Old Testament in ancient Israel? Or, the New Testament as the books were written? In this plan, the order of the Old Testament readings is very similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, progressing from Law to Prophets to Writings. The New Testament ordering is based upon research regarding the order in which the books were authored. Although this research is not conclusive, it may offer helpful insights to your Bible reading.”
So far, I’ve been pretty consistent about reading my portion every night before bed. I just started Numbers a few nights ago. (I’m actually reading it faster than the plan has – often reading two days’ worth.) It’s been interesting to read through the Old Testament. I’m trying to not just read but take time to ponder the words. One thing I wish I had was a way to look deeper in some of the things I read, instead of just reading straight scripture. I have a lot of questions. :-)
I highly recommend YouVersion if you’re looking for a reading plan. You can start anytime, and you can either read it on a mobile device or on the computer, or you can read it in your Bible and just check off what you’ve read. There are whole year plans, and partial year plans, all with different focuses. In the spring when we start camping, I think I might take a break from the historical plan and read the 30-day Environment plan, to help me better appreciate the creation around me. Or perhaps I’ll do it with Paul in addition to my personal Bible reading.
I hope reading through the Bible will help me draw closer to God, and turn to Him first instead of trying to do everything on my own.