2 Unexpected Results From Daily Bible Reading (& a Challenge)
“Lot was just carried off by kings after taking the land that looked better. Abrams gonna go save him anyways .”
That was the summary of my daily Bible reading earlier this month. I’m reading through the Bible chronologically in 2020 with some other ladies, and someone from another Facebook had asked us to do a Bible reading check-in.
I have to tell you, having other women to talk to about reading the Bible has been a game-changer this year. Okay, the last few weeks (it’s still January).
There is something about having women who are always there to talk to. Whether you want to throw out questions you have, share things you are learning, or even just share a passage that really stuck with you.Who do you talk to about what you're reading in the Bible? Click To Tweet
I’ll admit, I had the idea to form the group on a whim. I threw it out there, and I’m so thankful other ladies jumped on board. I knew I needed accountability. That was my main reason for asking others to join me, but I’ve been really surprised at some of the other things I’ve gotten from reading the Bible daily. And that’s what I wanted to share with you today.
2 Unexpected Results From Daily Bible Reading
1.) Daily Bible Reading Has Made The Bible Has Come Alive
I have always loved studying my Bible, but I have often struggled when it came to daily Bible reading. Mainly because I didn’t know what to read or I didn’t have a plan. If I did have a plan, it was one that I wasn’t overly fond of.
I don’t know if you have ever had a Bible reading plan that has been more work than reading, but I have had several. They are plans where I spent most of my time flipping pages, and never really got into the story.
With the plan I’m currently using, the Bible has come alive for me. I’m not stressed about what page I need to be on. There aren’t any crazy notes that make me doubt the author’s intention. In fact, there are very few notes at all. It’s more about the Bible and less about what someone thought about it. Which leaves me more time to think about it myself.
2.) Time In God’s Word Is Never Wasted
You’re probably wondering why this is unexpected. It should be a given, right?
Well, it’s not.
I’m going to be 100% honest here, feel free to judge me, but sometimes we dread reading God’s Word. We look at it and kind of wish we could skip ahead. Maybe flip past certain parts. Like the book of Leviticus or something.
However, as I’ve been doing this daily Bible reading plan, God has brought me to just the right passages at just the right times.
I didn’t dread reading the genealogies in Genesis this year.
We’re in Job right now and we’ve covered so much. Not just with what’s on the pages, but what it means to us. God’s taking the words out of the Bible and writing them on our hearts.
My Challenge For You
So here is my challenge for you: If you aren’t already reading the Bible daily, I encourage you to start. Even if you only do it for a month or a week.
YouVersion has a great One-Year Chronological reading plan here. That plan doesn’t have a lot of extra reading. It’s just the Bible.
Just for Fun
During my daily Bible reading, there have been a few things that have made me stop and think. As I mentioned earlier, because my reading plan doesn’t have notes it gives my mind more time to ask questions. I thought I’d share two random thoughts with you.
- Abraham didn’t trust God to keep him safe in Egypt and had Sarah lie about being his sister. Do you think that had anything to do with God having him walk out his faith on the mountain with Isaac?
- When Leah had children, she hoped they would win her favor with Jacob. All the way up until Judah. When she had Judah, she said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Judah is the one who God chose to use for the line of Christ.
I’m not sure if either of those are important, they are just things that made me go hmm…
Join The Conversation
What about you? Have you found anything interesting while you were reading the Bible lately?
Will you take me up on my Bible reading challenge or do you already have a daily Bible reading plan?
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Related Resource For Christian Women
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Good morning and thank you for your posts, I really appreciate them!
So I have been thinking and have discussed this with my daughter…girlfriends and sister and we all are stumped… so I thought maybe you or anyone would have any insight with a particular question we all had?
Wondering where all the different nationalities came from if the world only started with Adam and Eve…? How are we not all one color/same culture? How with only one man and one woman (Adam & Eve) could there come about (African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian & so many more…) It just doesn’t make sense. I know a lot of God will remain a mystery until we meet, but I think discussing any area that stumps us is healthy.
Thanks in advance! Peace’Love’Godbless to you all?
Hi Carrie, great question! And you are right, I think asking and discussing questions is definitely a good idea.
I’ve always thought the different cultures came in with the tower of Babel. When God scattered people over the face of the Earth and confused their languages, He created the different cultures as well. But that’s just my theory.
Have you heard of GotQuestions.org? It’s a website that endeavors to answer questions about the Bible. Here’s it’s take on this question: https://www.gotquestions.org/different-races.html