It is officially the summer and we tend to slow down a fair amount during this great season. Sitting out with your morning coffee, nights out back by the fire pit, camping and holidays.
Why not that this “slower season” and do some extra Bible reading. It is a great time to spend more time with God than you manage in the busier season of kids sports and church activities. A good time to read more than those novels you have been saving up for your “summer read”. Read God’s Word.
If you are a regular Bible reader the next two months are a great time to read your whole Bible from cover to cover. If you don’t normally read your Bible on a regular basis – this too would be a good time to become very well acquainted with God’s Word.
Bible statistics – the whole Bible contains 1189 chapters – 929 in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament
Calendar statistics – the month of July has 31 days as does the month of August.
The simple math – with 62 days available and 1189 chapters to read – that amounts to 19 chapters a day leaving you 11 chapters that you can read on June 30th to launch your Bible reading for the summer or on September 1st to celebrate the end of the adventure.
A suggestion or two– Read any way you want to – straight through from Genesis to Revelation; some chapters in the Old Testament in the morning and the rest of the chapters (to make up a total of 19 for the day) in the evening; if you get behind – catch up by reading your alloted number in the book of Psalms as most of the chapters (except Psalm 119) are much shorter than a chapter elsewhere in the 66 books that comprise the Bible. Don’t study – just read. If you read something of interest or that leaves you with a question simply mark it with a question mark in the margin and come back to it (and research it) when your reading is done for the summer.
Reading format – Read large chunks at a time and don’t focus on the details such as who married whom and how many kids did they have and what were their names. You are reading simply get the Big picture of God’s interaction with the human race.
Personal note – I have been doing this for many years in the summer and have found it very beneficial to my spiritual life and my walk with the Lord. It has helped me to be more discerning and spot the false teachers sooner and faster. It has helped me to know God’s heart better. It has given me an increased sense of the supernatural element that exists in the content of the Bible. It has led me to appreciate my Bible more each time I walk through this discipline.
If you are joining in this journey – let me know how it is going. Keep in touch. To facilitate our chatting back and forth while on this 2 month and 1 day journey – On Monday (June 30) there will be a new Blog available for those who want to chart their journey. Simply go to the main web page, click on “Blogs” on the top menu and then down to “SUMMER BIBLE JOURNEY”. Join us and share your experiences as you go on this Bible adventure for the summer months. Look forward to chatting with you.