On Monday, I started a new challenge. It’s always good to have a challenge, right? This one is to read the whole Bible, cover to cover, in 90 days. I’m following the plan found here, but I’m not using the official Bible. If I was using the 90 day Bible, I’d be reading about 12 pages a day. Looking at it that way, it doesn’t seem to be so much. I’ve started other Bible-reading plans, always planning to read the Bible in a year. Somehow, I never make it. Sometimes I get bogged down in the early books of Numbers, Leviticus. Other times, life seems to interfere and I don’t get done. This time, it’s only a 90 day commitment. I can do anything for 90 days, right? Actually, there are 2 grace days built in, so it’s actually only 88 days, which is even better. I’ll be done on January 1, 2011.
I’ve been using my Bible, a New Living Translation study Bible, and also an app on my cell phone from www.youversion.com I love this website and the app on my phone. I can choose my reading plan (yes, it has the 90 day plan and many more) and which version of the Bible to use. I can highlight and bookmark verses for journaling or researching later. It lists what I am to read each day, and as I read it online or on my phone, it marks the chapter as “read”. If I read in my regular Bible, I can still mark the passage as read online. I also plan on using my Bible on CDs when I’m in the car and listening to some of my daily readings.
I finished day 4 today, which brought me to the end of Genesis. Here are some of the verses I highlighted this week: (no, I’m not a Bible scholar and my comments about these verses won’t make me sound like one. They are my thoughts as I read these verses)
Gen 15:6–Abram believed the Lord and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Wouldn’t I love to be able to have this said about me?
Gen 22:14–Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”).
A great reminder that the Lord will provide. He always has and always will.
Gen 22:5–“Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”
Abraham said this to his servants as he and Isaac were going up the mountain where God told Abraham to sacrifice his son. But yet, Abraham says “we will come right back”. It seems to indicate that Abraham believed that God would save his son. Amazing faith.
Gen 28:20-21–Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God
This sounds so much like people today. “If God does this, then I will believe or I will do this for God” God provided for Jacob way back then and he continues to protect and provide for His people today.
Gen 32:12–But you promised me, `I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashoretoo many to count.'”
Use God’s promises in prayer to Him.
I am looking forward to the next 86 days and finding out what God wants to show me in His word.