In January, I read the entire Bible in thirty days. I’ve read the whole Bible many times, but never at that pace. Sometimes it felt a bit like drinking [living] water from a fire hydrant. I read the Bible for 2-2 ½ hours every day for thirty days, and surprisingly, I loved it! I was afraid I’d hate it or get overwhelmed, but the opposite happened.
Last Monday, I shared some insight about pushing yourself to do something you’ve never done. Today, I want to talk more specifically about the perspective reading the Bible in thirty days gave me…
Don’t miss the Bible for all the verses.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I can’t see the forest for all the trees”? It means they’re so up close to the details that they’re missing the bigger picture. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the questions we have and the details we find as we study God’s Word that we can miss the big picture. Reading at this pace helped me zoom way out and gave a helpful shakeup to my time with the Lord. Here are two things I learned…
Get some fresh perspective.
We all need some fresh perspective now and again. Reading the Bible this quickly didn’t allow for me to underline verses, check cross-references, or research passages as I went. It was more like flying over the Bible, taking in the big landmarks and themes as I went. I’ll talk more next week about some specifics of what I learned, but for now, I want to highlight the importance of seeing things with fresh perspective. The more you read something, the more acquainted you become with it, and the more details you can miss. Try reading it at a faster or slower pace and see it with some fresh perspective.
Shake it up, baby.
Frankly, if some of you were as boring with your boyfriend or girlfriend as you are with the Lord, you’d be single! Same time, same place, same amount of time. Blah, blah, blah. It’s a good thing God isn’t going to dump you! Routines are helpful; ruts are not. If you look at your time with the Lord, which is it? I had never read the Bible at that pace before, but the challenge was a great way to shake things up and do things differently. Whether it’s changing the translation you’re reading, the plan you’re using, or even the place you’re sitting, do something to shake things up and make it a little more interesting.
Even if you don’t read the whole Bible in thirty days, it could be helpful to read a book or passage you’re familiar with at a different pace than normal. Maybe instead of reading James or Ephesians chapter by chapter, read the whole book in one sitting, or maybe even read it twice. A new perspective will help you understand it in a whole new way!
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