When I decided to tackle reading the entire Bible I was doubtful as to whether I would be able to stick with it. Instead of working from some already drawn up table of someone else’s I did my own. Yep, I counted the chapters in each book, and worked out how many I had to read per weekday to complete my task in one year. After all the work it took, I decided I was definitely going to succeed. As it turned out there was a bit of a break in the middle, but I ended up doing the first read in about 18 months. And with it has come so much more understanding of the big picture that God has for mankind.
We cannot fully understand the New Testament without reading and understanding all that came before throughout the Old Testament.
You don’t have to do it in the same space of time, especially if you work full time, but the important thing is that you do read something. Choose a book and read whatever you feel you can handle. Be realistic. Or you will make it too big a task. I found it quite difficult at first, but then all of a sudden some days I got so engrossed I found I had gone way beyond my five chapters! I have learnt so much and now have started all over again several times since. It has become my daily routine. At the present time of posting this I am reading the New Testament in my newly acquired Amplified Bible, one chapter at a time. There are 260 chapters in the NT, and 260 weekdays in a year. So, one a day gets you through the whole NT in one year.
I have learnt that I must treasure God’s Word in my heart ~
To meditate on it and delight in it ~
To run after it and it will enlarge my heart (how cool is that!) ~
That it will revive me ~
It will teach me good discernment and knowledge ~
That it should be better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces ~
That His Word stands firm in heaven ~
That it makes me wiser than my enemies ~
That it is sweeter than honey to my mouth ~
It gives understanding ~
His Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path ~
It is the joy of my heart (the Word is Jesus, and the joy of the Lord is my strength) ~
It is my hiding place and my shield ~
It gives light ~
It is pure ~
And the sum of His Word is truth.
His Word is not just about truth, it IS truth.
All of the above is in Psalm 119. My suggestion is that you take time this week to read it. It is very long, so perhaps divide it into parts and read a portion each day. May Holy Spirit give you revelation as you read.
Suggested reading per day ~