If you’d like to read through the Bible in this next year, there are lots of plans to guide you at an even pace. The one I (Drew) will be using is the Discipleship Journal plan.
The benefits of this one in particular is that it only has 25 readings for each month. This means that there’s some breathing room so that you don’t fall behind if you miss a few days. You could also just pace yourself to read 6 days per week or use the extra 5-or-so days to memorize or reflect on what you’ve already read.
There’s certainly nothing that makes you particularly noble or spiritual if you make it through the Bible in a year. Nor do you need a plan like this in order to do so. We don’t read in order to feel better by checking the boxes on a reading list. We also don’t do this so that we can get rid of the low-grade guilt we have from giving up the plan sometime last February.
We read the Bible because we’ve been rescued by God through Jesus and we were made to know him. The Bible is where we hear God speak to us by his Spirit and where we learn that our lives are caught up in His plan to reconcile and unite all things in Christ. It’s one of the means by which we grow in our knowledge of, love for, and joy in God through Christ. George Muller comes to mind: “the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord.”
Let me know in the comments section if you plan on doing this particular plan.