Do you plan to read through the Bible in 2012? Here are some suggested reading plans to help you through.
Many plans will start you at Genesis and just take you systematically through the Scripture. That’s great for some, but personally I find it easy to get bogged down in all of those months of just reading through the Old Testament. I prefer a plan that either alternates the readings or one that reads from both the Old and New Testaments each day.
This past year, I’ve used the reading plan at Bible Gateway. Daily, I got an email reminder about the reading and a link to read the Scripture that I could follow online or sometimes when traveling, on the phone. On the one hand, the daily email reminder is great. But I found that reading on the computer monitor gives me a tendency to skim rather than to read. Much of what I do on a daily basis involves searching articles for key points and moving on. So in depth reading from the monitor is difficult.
But if you want to read on your computer, your phone or your reader such as a Kindle or Nook, there are plans you can download to do that. One of the most popular is YouVersion. I have this app on my phone. I haven’t used it for a daily reading plan yet, and I’ll admit that I still feel a little conspicuous using it to follow the pastor’s sermon, but again it’s a great resource.
A benefit of both the Bible Gateway and YouVersion applications is that you can switch back and forth between different translations. So, if a particular passage doesn’t make sense you to in the NIV, you can read it in the King James, the Good News, the New American Standard or multiple other versions. There’s the added benefit of electronic versions to have the Scripture read to you, so that you can listen in your car or at the gym.
If you want to join others in the journey, you can also consider the One Year Bible Blog or the Chronological Bible Journey. You get daily emails and links to read the Scripture on Bible Gateway.
Want to read through the Bible in less than a year’s time? Consider The Bible In 90 Days Challenge. This is an ambitious attempt to read the Bible in just under three months. By using the NIV version and reading just 12 pages per day, you can finish the Bible in just 88 days, with two days grace should you miss a reading. I’ve done this, and while I somewhat enjoyed the challenge, it became a chore just to make sure I finished the reading. There was little time for contemplation or comprehension.
Discipleship Journal by NavPress offers three different reading plans. You don’t need to start on January 1 to follow their plan.
Back to the Bible offers several reading plans to fit your needs. Read straight through the Scripture, read in chronological order as events happened, or read in the order the books were written. That particular plan intrigues me.
If you’re serious about reading through the Scripture in 2012, there’s no shortage of plans to follow.
But there’s no requirement for reading through in a year either. The important thing is to spend time daily in God’s word, whether it’s a verse, a chapter or a whole book. Find time to spend with the word, and with Him, each day.