Do you want to read through the entire Bible but with job, kids, housework, meal times and everything else, it’s just overwhelming and you can’t seem to get it done no matter what you do?
Maybe you have tried reading the Bible for a year but didn’t finish?
And now, with too many responsibilities on your plate, completing the Bible for a year just feels daunting.
I have great news for you!
There is a better way to read the Bible from beginning to end.
The point of Bible reading is NOT about finishing the book.
I know. I know. You want to read through the Bible. That’s why you’re here in the first place.
But with that kind of thinking, it’s very unlikely for you to really finish.
Why is that?
Because if you have finishing as your sole purpose, you’re going to rush it. You’re going to have this target date that you want to reach.
When you fail for a day or two, you know it will take you longer because you stopped for a while.
You’ll feel guilty. The next time you start reading again, you’d want to read like five to ten chapters to make up for the days when you didn’t read.
A few days more and you start feeling exhausted.
You pause again for a day or two. Then again you’ll think about the time that you lost, feel guilty about it, and try to make up for it again. But this time, you feel like you can’t go on with five to ten chapters a day anymore.
So you know that you won’t finish it within your target date.
It feels hopeless and eventually, you just stop readig.
Deep inside, you feel guilty and disappointed about yourself.
If you really want to read through the entire Bible, you’ve got to stop thinking about the finish line.
I know, for you to reach something, you’ve got to begin with the end in mind.
But again, the end is not really about you reading through the entire Bible.
It’s something else and it is way much much better than just simply finishing to read through the Bible.
Bible reading is a devotion to God.
Google Dictionary defines devotion as love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.
Reading the Bible from beginning to end is showing God that you love Him, you are loyal to Him, and you are eager to be with Him.
It is taking a few minutes of your day to spend with Him to listen to His inspired Word.
If you really take the time to think about it deeply, you will see that reading through the Bible is not about you.
It’s about God.
When you read the Bible, you get to know more of Him – His feelings towards His people, His dreams for His children, and the sacrifices He is willing to make for us.
You will also see what He really wants, how He wants us to behave, and the attitudes that He wants to form in us.
This is why Bible reading from beginning to end is really not just about reading or finishing.
It is an act of love and loyalty to your King.
It’s the means by which you get to listen to everything that He has to say.
This is one of the best things you can do to get closer to your Savior.
You don’t rush that.
So don’t rush in reading through the Bible. Read through it, and as you do, reflect on what you read and think about how it applies in your life.
It doesn’t matter if it takes you more than a year to read the Bible from beginning to end. Because this time, it’s not about how long anymore.
It’s more on how deeply have you come to know God by reading through His word. How is your relationship with Him now that you are reading everything in the Bible.
That being said, we can go to another issue that we often face when reading through the Bible.
How often should you read the Bible?
I think you can answer this, yourself.
But before that, let’s get a few facts straight.
God is the source of life – of all life, actually.
He is the reason you and I are still breathing right now.
Everything that you have – your home, your family, the food you eat, your job, the things around you, your senses, your life – all that are from Him.
You may have acquired a handful of your possessions through hard work and persistence, but without the ability and strength He gave you, you would not have any of it.
Now ask yourself – how much time should you give to a person like that? How often would you want to spend time with the one who gave you everything?
Do I hear everyday?
Then everyday it is!
How many Bible chapters is enough for daily reading?
Again, let’s go back to the point of reading through the Bible.
It’s not about finishing the book.
It is your devotion to God – an act of love and loyalty, a means to listen to everything He has to say.
How many chapters you read should also be just enough for you to be able to reflect on them.
You can’t read the Bible without understanding or reflecting on what you read. Because then, it becomes plainly about reading.
You have to understand and reflect on what you read.
What does it tell you about God? What does He really want? Are you doing what He wants or you’re going your own way? How should it affect you in the way you live?
These are just some of the questions that you can ask yourself when you’re reading a chapter in the Bible.
With this in mind, we can safely conclude that one chapter is enough for a day.
Yes, only ONE.
One chapter a day lets you read with focus.
When you only have one chapter to read, your focus is only on that chapter for that day.
You don’t worry about having to read another. You can simply concentrate on that one chapter.
It also won’t feel overwhelming because you’re dealing with only one, and that is a lot more manageable than when you have to read two or more.
Even if there are lots of things you have to do for the day, you have no excuse anymore. Because it’s just one chapter.
Five minutes is usually enough to read a chapter. If you reflect for 10 minutes, then that’s just 15 minutes.
Let’s say it takes you longer to reflect. Maybe you’re writing on a diary, so it can take you 30 minutes.
You can also continue reflecting on what you’ve read while you are going through your day – in your job and in your home.
So here you’ll see that reading one chapter a day is a manageable task.
How long will it take to finish reading the entire Bible?
The Bible has a total of 1,200 chapters. If you read one chapter everyday non-stop, by the end of 1,200 days you would have finished it from beginning to end.
It’s too long.
1,200 days is more than three years and if you look at it that way, you’ll say it’s too long to finish.
Yet again… it’s not about finishing the book, right?
It’s about listening to God’s every word.
This is about getting to know Him more.
It’s about spending time with your Creator, King and Savior for 1,200 days!
That’s not too long. That’s awesome!
Think only for a day.
Stop thinking about the 1,200 days or the three years. Don’t look at Bible reading that way.
Instead, focus on just one day.
Today you’re going to read this chapter. And that’s it.
Thinking about the length of time it will take you to finish will just overwhelm you. And it has the tendency to make you see that you’re still too far from finishing.
It can make you believe that you’re not gonna make it.
So don’t do that.
Rather than looking at how far or how long you still need to go, focus on today and the chapter that you’ll read.
Then do it again tomorrow.
After a week of reading, you’ll notice that you have already finished seven chapters.
It’s not much yet. But that’s not the point.
The point is… you’re making progress. You’re getting there… one step at a time.
As you progress, you are getting to know God more. And that’s the most important thing. That’s the point of Bible reading.
Should you start with Genesis?
Here’s another concern we often have – reading through the Bible should always start with Genesis.
In my previous attempts of reading the Bible from beginning to end, I also have always started with Genesis.
But really, you can start with any book of the Bible. It’s just that there’s got to be some kind of structure, so that you’ll be able to understand what you are reading.
For example, you wanted to start with Genesis. Genesis begins with the creation story – when everything in the world was created, including us.
Then after that it’s a series of events, like when you’re watching a movie. The next book, Exodus, follows after the events that happened in Genesis.
So without background from Genesis, you will not be able to understand much of Exodus. Like how did the Israelites end up in Egypt?
Where’s the best place to start?
It still depends on you.
Do you want to start with the creation of the world? Read Genesis first.
Do you want to start at that point when Jesus was born, taught and healed people? Read any book in the Gospel accounts.
In my case, I started with the Gospel of John, then went on to read the Gospel of Matthew. As of this writing, I am starting on the Gospel of Mark.
Whether you decide to start with the Old Testament, or with the New, start reading one chapter today.
Why would you want to delay spending a few moments with your King?
Go get your Bible and start today.