In James last post, he wrote about Holiday Guilt.
His post addressed his sense of guilt arising from a slip in discipline. His reaction to a failure to maintain a Bible reading and prayer schedule was that he was displeasing God and that in so doing he would somehow earn God’s disfavour.
Well, James post points out the folly of this logic, so I won’t repeat what he has writes there.
Prior to James post and without collaboration on the subject of spiritual discipline, I independently decided to commence a new through-the-Bible reading schedule as it’s been a few years since I systematically read the Bible right through. I started this just before Christmas.
I’ve looked at many Bible reading schedules and each has its own merits, but I’ve been impressed with the new electronic through-the-Bible programs from YouVersion™. It’s a feature-rich website that offers over 50 reading plans, many Bible versions, and a 30/90/365 or 730 day pace, so you can customise your Bible Reading Plan to meet your needs. It’s designed to work with computers, and all mobile electronic devices. If you are a busy person always on the run, the reading schedule can be accessed anywhere. And if reading in sync with an online community is your style, you can choose this option also. Why not join me as I read through the Bible this year – I will Tweet my progress as I go. You can hold me accountable.
Now here’s where James comments come in.
I know there will be days when I fail to complete the reading – but that’s not a sin, nor will it detract from my schedule – I can just start reading where I left off.
The schedule is not date-specific but sequential. So don’t worry about the days you miss – you can just re-start reading and you will be up to speed. There is nothing special about maintaining a schedule – the important thing is that you do your best to get into the Word. The schedule is simply a tool – the benefit is in the reading – not in the schedule. It’s not a race. And don’t worry about what other people are doing – just listen for the voice of God and keep reading.
I’ll be praying for you as you read this year. Please pray for me.
Stick with it! This daily time in God’s Word will change your life.