Whatever you do daily, deliberately and with determination will change your life. Reading God’s word sure will! In His word, you’ll find encouragement, challenge, correction, and hope. As Paul told his disciple Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17, NIV). It is all there – teaching, rebuking, correcting and training! All there to help equip you for all that God has planned for you to do!
For the past eight years, I’ve been reading the Bible through in a year. I think I’ve used four different translations over this time. Like anything we commit to, it becomes part of life – not an add-on. I’m always amazed how God meets me in a very personal and timely way through my daily reading. Last year, this daily time was greatly enriched through journaling. It is the H.E.A.R. journal (you can learn about it here). It has helped me slow down, listen more deeply and obey more quickly. When we hear from God and obey, amazing things happen. For one, we experience God’s power and presence in our life. Jesus said it this way, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:21, NIV). When Jesus “shows” himself to us, we experience his power and presence in our life.
When we experience Jesus like this, our faith is strengthened, our hope secured, our love enriched, and our hearts are at peace. When we do it together as a family, a group, and a church, we have a shared experience with God and each other. As we talk about it together, we will be encouraged and enriched. Let’s join the conversation with God’s Word and celebrate as he guides and leads us with His peace, in His power, and for His purposes and glory.
Join us in reading, and the conversation, beginning January 1, 2019
Written by: Kevin McKee
Photo Credit: Zoltan Tasi
Photo Art: Sharon Holeman