“Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.” This was the 28th of Jonathan Edwards 70 resolutions.
God is not silent. He has spoken and continues to speak through His Word. For this reason, reading Scripture is of critical importance for the people of God. As we approach a New Year, this is a great time to choose a Bible reading plan, be resolved and start reading!
My friend Nathan W. Bingham at Ligonier Ministries has compiled a helpful list of 16 different Bible reading plans for 2017. I commend this helpful compilation to you. For 2017, I have chosen to use the Table Talk Bible Reading Plan (This is also accessible in the Ligonier App (iPhone / iPad, Android, Kindle Fire &Windows Phone) and YouVersion).
As we read through the Scriptures, let us strive to apply the following: Firstly, Desire the Word (). Secondly Read the Word (; ). Thirdly Meditate on the Word () in the fourth place, Memorize the Word () and Finally, take the time to Obey the Word ().
There are many ways and approaches to reading the Bible, but the most important thing is to read and apply what you read.
Happy reading for 2017!
42:1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
because I long for your commandments.
13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.