Bible reading is something I grew up with, it’s one of my earliest memories. As a kid, I would see my mom reading her Bible when I’d get up in the morning. She was an early riser, this is when she would spend time reading and connecting with God. It was reassuring to see her reading. Although I’ve known from an early age that Bible reading and prayer are good things to do, I haven’t always made it a part of my life. Sometimes it was because life was too busy and I failed to make time. Other times, it was just because I wasn’t interested. For a time, it was a chore that needed to get done so I could check it off my “to do” list. I allowed my reading to become drudgery. In recent years, I’ve started looking at the Bible reading from an “Upper Story” / “Lower Story” perspective. Seeing the Bible as God’s grand story for us, it’s a beautiful tapestry focusing on Jesus, redemption, eternity and simply how to survive the day.
The reading plan from January, gave us a chance to read some of the epic stories of the Bible. It gave us an opportunity to connect with people within historic timelines in the Scriptures. We’ve literally walked from creation to Revelation. Next week, we start a new plan that will take us from learning to engaging. It will connect us, in an interactive way, to God’s Word. Each day, we will read Scripture and interact with God in prayer. We will use the outline A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication) for our format for reading through the Bible. My hope is that my Bible reading and prayer will be renewed as I take these four action steps in having a conversation with none other than the Creator of the Universe!