I don’t know if you are the type who makes resolutions every year. But I want to encourage you that you include something about your relationship with God, especially regarding Bible reading and prayer.
Here are some of Jonathan Edwards’ 70 resolutions (written almost 300 years ago) regarding his communion with God:
53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer.
65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance.
28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
I believe (from personal experience and the testimonies I heard from our church) that having a Bible reading plan is beneficial in helping us keep resolutions like Edwards’. This is not really about completing a Bible reading plan but about knowing more of God and becoming more intimate with him.
I want that happen in my life. That’s why I make it a practice every morning to make myself a cup of brewed coffee, read my Bible, talk to God and write in my journal the things I heard God telling me and the things I want to tell God.
Honestly, it’s not that easy to keep that habit from January 1 to December 31. But having some sort of a plan helps me a lot. Last year, I led our church to read through the whole Bible chronologically using Read the Bible for Life‘s Bible Reading Plan. For this year, I will use Read the Bible for Life‘s 4+1 Plan.
I hope you can join me in this journey. I promise you this will be exciting! You can download other Bible reading plans by clicking the image below.
It is amazing that we call it God’s word and then we ignore it like it is nothing valuable.
Yeah, that’s a lamentable truth. That’s why we need pastors and teachers who will teach and preach in such a way that people may see the treasure in the Word and the pleasure of studying and applying it.