20 Jan A Bible Reading Plan: Why I Resist It, Why I Need It
I’m a creative. I like things that are labeled “new.” New cereals, new coffee flavors, new movies. I’m drawn to these things. For this reason, I can sometimes resist those important things in my life that become routine, repeated, residual.
This is a serious handicap that I labor to overcome.
The Life Journal Reading Plan supplies my morning devotional meal. It’s all pre-made and ready for me when I wake up. I pull up today’s reading from the Old Testament, then proceed to the New Testament. It takes me 15-25 minutes.
While a reading plan may feel “pre-packaged” at times, the benefits are obvious:
- A reading plan forces me to explore passages I wouldn’t otherwise choose.
For example, last week, I read the story of Jacob and Esau’s reunion in Genesis 33. This story never makes it to the greatest hits list of Children’s Story Bibles, but it should! Grace abounds in this passage. After years of animosity and alienation, Jacob was sure that Esau was coming to him with guns-a-blazing, with a thirst for revenge. To his surprise, time had tempered Esau’s emotions. He was tender and eager to re-start the relationship with his long-lost brother. I was challenged to believe that God can do the very same thing in our relationships today.
- A reading plan saves much time. Rather than waking up and wondering what “sounds good today” in the Scriptures, the reading plan prescribes the daily intake. Jumping right into the Word is easy when its all ready to go. We have enough to think about in the morning as the demands of the day are before us. It’s nice to have a few decisions already made.
- A reading plan allows us to hear the various important themes throughout the Bible. All of us have our favorite doctrines. We have certain passages memorized and we love to return to them again and again. However, the apostle Paul declared to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:27, “I did not shrink from declaring the whole counsel of God.” Paul prided himself on telling “the whole truth.” I need to hear all of what God has said, and not just my favorite parts.
If you’re like me, and you tend to resist “routine,” I would challenge you to overcome the urge and form this discipline. It’s worth it!