Many of us can relate to seeing life as a path. In fact, it’s probably one of the most common analogies out there. When we see our life as a path, we see a long (hopefully), sometimes winding stretch of road that usually leads to some destination. In fact, actress and comedian Lily Tomlin famously quipped, “The road to success is always under construction.” I couldn’t agree more. This leads me to use the path as a wonderful illustration of how the Word of God works in every believer.
One of the most prolific statements on the Bible itself comes from the apostle Paul, who, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote: “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 complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The first thing to note is “All Scripture.” That is, both the Old and New Testaments. “Breathed out” means that all Scripture is inspired by God in their original autographs— where He used the minds, vocabularies, and experiences of His chosen writers to produce His own perfect, infallible and inerrant Word. The next portion of the verse mentions what it is useful for— which is where our path illustration comes in to play.
- Teaching. This shows us the path, it gives us direction.
- Rebuking. Points out our error (sin), when we’ve fallen off the path.
- Correcting. Restoration to help us get back on the path.
- Training. This helps us stay on the path.
Note verse 17 shows that Scripture enables us to meet all the godly demands for righteous living.
So the question is, how much more motivation do you need?
It’s almost a new year- before you begin your Bible reading plan, know this:
Since the Bible is the inspired Word of God, before you read each day, pray. Ask God to do what the psalmist desired, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18). As you do this, the Holy Spirit will guide and illuminate the Scriptures in you for a richer, deeper spiritual life.
There are three key ingredients for consistent success in Bible reading.
- Find the time. Anything worthwhile takes time. If you set out with the intention that you will make time in God’s Word a priority, it will happen— but you must make the time!
- Find a good Bible-reading plan. Those who try to just open the Bible randomly, even with the best of intentions, will soon fall away without some type of reading plan.
- Meditate each time you read. Take a word or phrase to think deeply about during or after your time in the Word. Ask God what he wants you to take away from it.
Here you will find our suggested plan to read the entire New Testament in one year. It comes down to reading one chapter per day. Other sample plans follow as well.
Pastor Joe Garofalo