Give Up on Those Bible Reading Programs
Moses spoke these words to the Israelites. He didn’t read them and then recite it back to them. Where did he get these words? The Lord Himself gave Moses those words.
“Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord GOD be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.” Micah 1:2
Micah of Moresheth spoke these words. Like Moses, God spoke these words directly to him. Micah didn’t have any reference other than God Almighty Himself.
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:2-3
David penned these words. He didn’t read them; he lived them. I could go on, but hopefully you get the point. The true people of God didn’t have to read God’s word; they heard it directly from God Himself. And while these are Old Testament examples we could fast forward to the New Testament as well. Paul knew the scriptures well, but he learned directly from God the things we read in his letters. John, James and the rest of the New Testament authors also had to rely on their relationship with God to be able to write what they did.
God’s written word is beautiful and shows all sorts of sides of God, but it is not God Himself. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and more never read a word of scripture but they had a relationship with the author of life. I know of people who have read the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation, and are still atheists. The key is not found in the Bible, it is found in God Himself. Are you seeking a relationship with God where you and He can communicate and have fellowship? Or are you seeking to have a good Bible reading program where you can recite the Bible and walk around wondering what it would have been like to be like Moses or David and be given the words we read? God is so much bigger than the book He left us to read. He never contradicts what is written in the scriptures, but a true relationship with Him leaves us reading the Bible and the Holy Spirit explaining the meanings. No one needs a “good commentary” to understand the Bible, we need only God.
This year, instead of trying to commit to a Bible reading program, why don’t you seek the Lord and ask Him to speak to you. I know from personal experience you will have a fun and unique way of reading the Bible this year if you do.