In December 2013, I made a commitment to follow a Bible reading program for the 2014 year. I realized that by choice, my days were moving too quickly and I wasn’t prioritizing time to sit at His feet and rest.
In the past, I have vehemently resisted any kind of reading program for two main reasons:
1. I haven’t liked the structure (I want to read the Bible because I want to, not because I must)
2. Despite my natural bent towards self discipline, I never seemed to be able to get past January 10th in my readings. I started with the greatest intentions but my motivation seemed to fizzle out as the days unfolded. I continually failed at accomplishing this goal.
That was the problem – I made Bible reading a goal.
Thankfully, 2014 has been different.
Now, I must admit that I’ve missed some days here and there but this year, I have wanted to catch up. I do appreciate the built-in catch up days in this reading program and because I chose a two year reading plan, the daily readings aren’t as long. I find myself reflecting more, writing questions, praying spontaneously and journalling while I read.
But there’s more to this ‘change of heart.’
I’m reading because I want to get to know God more. I’m fascinated with His ways.
I’m fascinated with Him.
There’s no more tedious goals to meet – there’s just joy in the journey.
There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .” Charles H. Spurgeon