How to Fail at Bible Reading

According to one survey, 80% of Protestant churchgoers don’t read the Bible, and only 19% of read it everyday. And only 19% read it every day. And while statistics are often unreliable, we have learned from the churches we visit that most Christians fail at daily reading.

He who fails to plan, plans to fail. And that’s how to fail at Bible reading too. Yet as disciples, we know Bible reading is one of the most important factors for spiritual growth. So why does it become so easy to neglect this important aspect of our Christian life? Either we allow other things to get in the way, or we fail to plan.

Or perhaps we just need a reading plan that works for us.

The right plan can make a big difference! And that’s why I was glad to find Professor Horton’s Bible Reading Plan. I’ve tried many plans through the years. But so far, I like this one best. At least for me. Maybe because it doesn’t just simply go through the Bible one book at a time.

The concept is simple. It’s basically a Bible genres reading plan.

Each day’s reading is from a different literature style: Law, History, Poetry (or Wisdom), Psalms, Proverbs, Prophecy, Gospels, Acts, and Epistles. It seems to me that each of these literature types speaks in different ways. And this helps me better apply the Scripture to my everyday life. So it works, for me.

What plan do you have? Or do you still need to find one that works for you?

You might also want to check out Into Thy Word, which has various plans to choose from:

  • Through the Bible: reading through the Bible book by book in one year (or set your own pace).
  • Genres Bible Chart: dividing Bible reading into the various literature styles.
  • Chronological Chart: worked out in date order, as the books were written.
  • Historical Chart: taking you through a linear historical timeline order of the Bible.

They also have a large-print chart. And special charts for beginners, designed to help you know God better. Check them out. Maybe you’ll find just the right plan for you!

But one thing is certain. If you fail to plan, you’re more apt to fail. And with one, you’re more likely to succeed!

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water, Psalm 63:1.

How about you? Have you read through the Bible? And do you read it every day?

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