Getting into the Word may feel a lot like a taking a cross country trip without a map. You know your destination – to get the Word into your heart and mind — but may not have a game plan for getting the job done.
Bible reading plans provide the map for getting into the Word and being transformed by the Truth.
In the same way you might use Mapquest, a GPS, or the old fashion paper map to plot your course and determine the best route to get to your destination, a Bible reading plan offers direction and purpose for your spiritual journey.
In real life, your circumstances often determines the route you select for your journey. Sometimes you may opt for scenic country roads, if you’re not in a rush and happen to be enjoying pleasant companionship. On other occasions, you might be pressed for time, or simply want to quickly unload an irritable passenger, in which case, a highway would most certainly be optimal choice.
Selecting a Bible reading plan is essentially like choosing a route for your journey through Scripture.
The first step in determining what Bible reading plan is best for you is to evaluate your “current location.” In other words, take an honest inventory of the state of your spiritual life combined with your daily routine. The next step is to pick the path that best enables you to get to your destination most efficiently and effectively.
Are you already in the habit of being in the Word daily and simply need direction?
Is there a topic you don’t understand from a Biblical perspective and need the Word to teach you?
Is it time to move beyond devotional reading and dig deeper into Scripture?
Think about this questions as you browse the plans that are available to you.
Pick a Plan
There are dozens of different Bible reading plans available online, in download and printable forms, through apps, and to purchase. Visit each of these sites, which offer great options, and pick one that best suits your needs:
Learning how to read Scripture and developing the daily habit of doing so can still be a challenge, even after we pick a plan. Our free download, 10 Ideas for Getting into the Word, offers practical suggestions for developing the discipline of reading the Bible.