I start every day with time in the Bible, devotional reading, and prayer. Putting God first in my day is very important to me. I set my alarm so I have this half hour of quiet at the beginning of the day. This last year my time in the Bible and my devotional reading came from the same source: The Chronological One Year Bible published by Tyndale.
I’ve read through the One Year Bible many times. It is my favorite way to read the Bible in a year. You get an Old Testament reading, a New Testament Reading, a Psalm, and a few verses from Proverbs every day. I like the way it mixes things up. But I decided I wanted to do the One Year Bible a little differently this year, so I decided to try the Chronological One Year Bible.
You can sign up for the plan online or buy the actual Chronological One Year Bible in several different translations. I bought the NIV Bible, but in the Kindle edition so I don’t have another Bible to carry around in the RV. The Chronological Bible is ordered according to the chronology of the books of the Bible. So the Old Testament prophets are embedded in Kings and Chronicles. Paul’s letters are inserted in Acts. I was very pleased with the scholarship behind the ordering of the books and the small inserts that helped me keep track of events.
I think I still prefer the One Year Bible that I read in years past, but the Chronological One Year Bible was a nice change. It put things in a little different order, which always helps keep Bible reading fresh. I finished it as scheduled, on December 31.
God speaks to us through his Word and every day I found a verse or an idea that spoke to me for the day. I highlighted 198 passages and decided to include a few of them here. Maybe God is speaking to you through these verses.
Hebrews 13:9 It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.
Titus 3:10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.
Joel 2:13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.
Proverbs 30:8-9 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. but pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Deuteronomy 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.
Those are just a few of the verses that spoke to me this year. I read the Bible eagerly, even though I have read it many times before, because I never know how God will speak to me this time. The Chronological One Year Bible was a good way for me to continue to listen to God.
How about you? Have you ever read the Bible through in one year? Maybe 2019 could be the year!