Why read through the Bible in a year?
How will it transform your life, radicalize you, to let your mind and spirit be saturated by the Word of God day after day? – Radical, David Platt
So often it seems as though we forget about the Bible. Sure, we know what it is, we know it’s there, and occasionally we crack it open, but do we really get it? Do we really take full advantage of what the Word of God has to offer us? We so often take for granted the fact that we have access to the Word of God, I know I do (and I even have a degree in it!). I don’t understand it; how can we continue doing this when God has told us His Word is profitable, and we ought to immerse ourselves in it?
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. – Isaiah 40:8
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word. – Psalm 119:14-16
As disciples of Christ, we should live and breathe Scripture, and this is the focus behind reading through the Bible: to immerse yourself in the Word of God every day for a year, allowing it to transform your life. Additionally, there is a plague within Christianity: picking and choosing sections of the Bible to read and follow, while ignoring the rest of the Bible. I know there are portions of the Word I have read hundreds of times, while there are portions I have never read. So by reading the Bible this way, we experience the Bible in it’s entirety, truly seeing God’s redemptive play throughout time and creation.
God has chosen by his matchless grace to give us revelation of himself in his Word. It is the only Book that he has promised to bless by his Spirit to transform you and me into the image of Jesus Christ. It is the only Book that he has promised to use to bring our hearts, our minds, and our lives in alignment with him, I’m not saying that God has not used or blessed other books throughout Christian history, but there is only one Book that he has perfectly inspired by his Spirit for the accomplishment of his purpose. When you or I open the Bible, we are beholding the very words of God–words that have supernatural power to redeem, renew, refresh, and restore our lives to what he created them to be.
That is why I believe it is more important for you and me to read Leviticus than it is for us to read the best Christian book ever published, because Leviticus has a quality and produces an effect that no other book on the Christian marketplace can compete with. If we want to know the glory of God, if we want to experience the beauty of God, and it we want to be used by the hand of God, then we must live in the Word of God. – Radical, David Platt