If you are taking the Summer Bible Reading Journey of 19 chapters a day – take a deep breath. You are now on day 9 and you will have read 171 chapters by the time you go to bed tonight. Wow! For some that is a major change in their Bible reading. Often people don’t read 171 chapters in any given month (or, we are ashamed to admit – any given year) and here you have done it in 9 days because you made a decision to carve out some time to do this. Congratualtions.
By now you will have noticed you are getting a little excited about this project. It is not impossible. It is very doable. It is very practical and beneficial. You are feeling spiritually stronger than you were before you started this journey. That’s simply because “man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” You are feeding your inner man and so you are growing stronger spiritually.
Hopefully by now you have discovered that this reading is best done in a very plain Bible which does not contain footnotes and cross-references. These seem to simply distract the average reader. They are not inspired anyways – only the Word of God itself is inspired. So, the more basic the Bible you are reading – the better.
You may have noticed, as well, that the Bible can get messed up quickly. If you are like me and take it to the park to read or take it with you when you are walking the dog – for that rest spot at the half way point – then it gets beat up quickly. Or, if you are reading it when eating on the patio or deck – same issue. It can have grass stains, the occasional dead bug, food stains, coffee stains … Bur it does not matter. It’s a book and so it’s okay to mess it up. If it really gets messed up, at the end of the summer journey simply put it on the shelf and buy yourself another copy for your continuing Bible reading efforts.
And, you will continue to read when you reach the end of this journey – because the Word of God is addictive in its own way.
Next entry we will look at chapters and verses and how they effect the understanding of what you are reading.