Bible reading plan - Devotionals - Update!
Remember this post? Well if you’re not a crawler bot you probably don’t. But anyway, after 2 years, I have finally finished 1 half of the yearly plan.
That means I took 2 years to finish the small 1-year goal of finishing the ‘Secret’ half of the McCheyne Bible reading plan I mentioned in that post 2 years ago. However that also means that I have read the New Testament and Psalms once through in the past 2 years, and half of the Old Testament.
While I almost read the entire bible in one year back in high school, I think I definitely read it better this time, with better understanding of exegesis and biblical theology (thank you bros and sis’s who taught me). I always thank God for His Word and you beautiful people who’ve taught me =).
I can also see that during the times I didn’t delve into God’s Word, whether it was because I was “too busy”, “didn’t need to” or “didn’t feel like it”, I consistently had some of the worst moments. We depend on God for our every breath and for every quark in the universe to continue to exist and obey the laws He made for them. It is a ridiculous idea that we don’t need Him. It should also be obvious that not practising His presence by not communicating - listening and talking to Him, primarily through His Word and prayer - means we’re throwing away so many wonderful blessings we have because God has called us His people (and we, Him our God,) and has chosen to be with us!
God wants to have this awesome relationship with us, and loves us so much, even to the point of sacrificing His own Son - Jesus, pouring incredible amounts of grace into our lives. He pursues us relentlessly. Not having this gospel, this great, wonderful, awesomely, GOOD news, in my mind, heart, soul and body and not focusing on Him and His kingdom has hurt me severely.
So as I start this new devotional ‘year’ on the 1st October, 2014 (starting on the Family part this time), I hope to do it daily and continuously for the next year, and to delight in the bible, not least because of “how He loves us so”. And hopefully I will meditate on His Word day (morning, perhaps commuting to work/study), and night (before sleeping), and all day long. Just like the wise Psalmists, and how God wants us to relate to Him in Joshua 1:8, and the guy being described in Psalm 1. It’s pretty much like “Stay close to me because
I have le unique OP blessing aura I’m the one from whom all good things and blessings flow/originate”!
Hoping to read the ‘Private/Self’ part at night. [note to self: have finished Hosea and looking to finish the Psalms 140-150]