Why Read through the Bible in 2018?

 

Why Read through the Bible in 2018? #Bible #NewYear #2018 #resolutions

 

Why Read through the Bible in 2018?

 

Wars. Wildfires. Earthquakes. Terrorism. Dirty, partisan politics. Sexual harassment.  Fighting. Murder. Suicide. Sexual immorality. Anger. Road rage. Persecution. The loss of religious freedoms.

The world around us is in upheaval. Nothing seems safe. Everything is changing right before our eyes.

But there is one thing that never changes … God and His Word. So, why read through the Bible in 2018 …

It’s a firm foundation when all around us is sinking sand.

It’s our comfort in chaos.

It’s our standard for living.

It’s wisdom now and for the ages. 

 

While it’s true that the Bible is a firm foundation in the midst of sinking sand, comfort in the chaos, the source of wisdom, our standard for living, and so much more … just knowing about God’s Word won’t bring the stability we need, neither will merely hearing a good sermon once a week. His truth must become so much a part of who we are that it’s like the air we breathe.

If our lives are to be built on that solid foundation, we must dig down to bedrock. If we’re going to have God’s wisdom, we must learn to think like He thinks. If we’re to find comfort, we must know Him for who He is and learn His incredible promises. Those things will only happen if we know, digest, and live out His Word. It must truly be our daily bread.

 

bible studyAnd what about taking an even bolder step? Why not ask a friend or a co-worker to read through the Bible with you?

The world around us is literally perishing—people are dying and going into an eternity where they will be separated from God forever, marriages are falling apart, children are suffering, and so much more … but we must be willing to step out in faith!

Even people who don’t go to church will often respond positively to the question, “Would you like to learn more about the Bible with me?”

 

And for those of you who have been reading along with me for a while …

 

coffee morning sleepy… or perhaps dropping in occasionally, I know it can be challenging some mornings sticking to the commitment to read your Bible.

Even if it gets done with some fits and starts, even if you miss a few days, I encourage you to keep on. The reward is a deeper relationship with Jesus and it’s sweeter than you can imagine!

So, whether you’re a newcomer to the site or an occasional visitor, if you haven’t already, prayerfully consider signing up for the “Bible in a Year” devotionals. They will pop up in your inbox daily as a gentle reminder to stay in His Word. And call or text a friend and challenge him or her to sign up with you!

Blessings,
Donna

 

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44 thoughts on “Why Read through the Bible in 2018?

    • That’s great! I know God will continue to reveal Himself in incredible ways as you move along! Blessings to you and yours this Christmas!

  1. Love your commitment to this, Donna! My life has been made immeasurably richer by a consistent practice of daily Bible reading and making sure I connect with ALL of His Word and not just favorite passages or books! God uses you in this to call His children to the source of our life.

  2. Great encouragement, Donna! Twelve years ago, while dealing with loss and heartbreak … I grabbed my Bible and read through it in 4 months. I’ve read it every year since. I love the continuity, the way Genesis through Revelation points to Jesus. I asked for a new Bible for Christmas this year and Rev got me the NLT Life Application Bible. My goal this year is to not only read the Bible but to read the notes as well.

    • What a great goal! This past year I used a personal Bible that I have had for years and had notes everywhere in the margins. I took the time to read most of those notes from years of sermons and classes. I’m thinking about using a study Bible this year, as well. So glad you were here. Blessings as you start this fresh new year with your fresh new Bible! 🙂

  3. Hi, thanks for your faithfulness in linking up. I selected your post as my favorite and will feature it on the #LMMLinkup on Monday, January 8th.

    I am making it a resolution to read His Word through this year.

    • Thank you so much, Mary, for featuring my post. I look forward to your insights as you read through His Word this year. Hope 2018 is off to a good start for you!

  4. Wonderful post Donna. I am excited for your readers who are committing. For me, I would feel like a failure if I missed 2 days!! I love the word though and totally agree with why we need to be in it daily! Hugs!!!

    • I know what you mean. I guess because I’ve done it year after year, I’ve learned some days you’re just gonna miss. 🙁

  5. Great words, Donna. I’ve read through the Bible a number of times. I am currently reading through in a different translation than what I’ve used the past couple times. It’s been refreshing and fun and brought certain aspects of the Word to life.

    I’m your neighbor at #RaRaLinkup.

    Have a great Tuesdsay!

  6. Love this, Donna. Great reminders and NO I did not know it only 70 hours! I have read it 7 times, interesting fact is, most of those were in my preteen years when it was just me and God in my room. I love his presence. I pray you had a great holiday!

    • Thank you, Meghan. It sounds like God has had His hand on you from an early age. It’s so good to be able to look back and see His grace, isn’t it!

  7. A great post, Donna! I’ve just signed up for your email reminders. Most of my reading of the Bible takes place when I’m studying something particular or during my devotional reading. I like the idea of adding a doable read-through-the-Bible plan to the mix, so I signed up for your emails.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  8. OK, I’m in! I have thought about tackling the whole Bible in a sequential form, so I just signed up for your email reminders. Too much of the time, I’m busy preparing for a lesson or doing personal devotions which follow another plan. Thank you for offering this. Blessings!

  9. I have read the Bible through several times in my lifetime. However, I tried each year to make a point to read my Bible daily and each year would fail. However, this is now the beginning of my third year of not missing a day of not getting into God’s word. It took handing it over to God to touch my heart that I get into His Word daily. I wasn’t having any luck at doing it myself. I now don’t try to get through it in a year times, but read and allow the Holy Spirit touch my heart with what he wants me to receive from the verses I have read. Again I take no praise for what I have accomplish, it’s God who has helped me. I came across your web site today and so far I’m like what I have read and have signed up for your daily devotion. Though I have a couple devotions sent to me, from what I have saw so far, it’s what I’ve been looking for and finally found it. Looking forward to seeing what you have for me each day. Thank You!

    • I’m so glad to have you following along with me. Praying you continue to find it helpful. Blessings to you and I look forward to hearing your thoughts as we go along.

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