How to Read Your Bible in the New Year

When it comes to daily (or not-so-daily) Bible reading, January 1 can be a welcome arrival. A new year signals a new start.

You’re motivated to freshly commit to what you know is of indispensable importance: the Word of God.

Yet this isn’t the first time you’ve felt this way. You were entertaining pretty similar thoughts 365 days ago.

And 365 days before that.

And 365 days…you know how it goes.

So what’s going to make 2020 different? What, under God, will keep you plodding along in April this year when staying power has generally vanished in Aprils of yore?

From one stumbling pilgrim to another, here are five suggestions for what not to do in 2020.

1. Don’t Overextend 

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!”

This hackneyed high school yearbook quote is bad advice for most things, Bible reading plans not excepted. If you shoot for and miss the “moon” of six chapters a day, you won’t quietly land among the “stars” of three. You’ll just be lost in space.

It’s better to read one chapter a day, every day, than four a day, every now and then.

Moreover, the value of meditation cannot be overstressed. Meditation isn’t spiritualized daydreaming; it’s riveted reflection on revelation. Read less, if you must, to meditate more. It’s easy to encounter a torrent of God’s truth, but without absorption—and application—you will be little better for the experience.