Posted by: Chris Sandel | May 9, 2008

I Did It!

 A while back I mentioned that I’ve been working through a cool version of a one year Bible called Pause.  It has taken me longer than a year (actually more like 1.5 years) but I finally finished yesterday morning.  It was kind of a fun passage to finish on.  Every day you read a few chapters from the Old Testament and one from the new.  Obviously, the New Testament chapter was the last chapter of Revelation.  The Old Testament reading though was from the conclusion of 2 Chronicles.  In Chapter 34we are told about a king named Josiah who does his best to clean up the country and lead the people back toward God.  One day as they are cleaning up the temple someone finds “the Revelation of Moses” (essentially their version of the Bible) shoved in an old closet or something in the run down temple.  As soon as they find it they read it and realize that they have strayed far from God’s commands.  They immediately make a covenant to do all that they can to follow God now that they can see his words to them.  It was a neat passage to end on because it has always been a story that reminds me of the amazing privilege that it is to have God’s word so accessible to us and of the awesome power that it has to change lives. 

I have been excited about finishing up my “one year” reading for a while now.  Obviously, I’m glad to have finished since I’ve never made it all the way through a one year Bible before.  But beyond that, I’m looking forward to being able to slow down and read less each day.  I’m excited to not be reading 4-5 chapters a day.  Instead I’ll get to focus on one chapter or even just a few verses and really let God speak to me in a deeper way through those. 

I’m actually not sure what I’m going to be doing now.  I’ll probably just read through a few of my favorite chapters for the next few days but I’d like to start something new.  I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have.  I’ve considered picking one chapter and just focusing in on it in depth for several months (I’ve heard of people using just one chapter devotionally for a whole year).  I’m pretty open to try different things right now.  My main goal though is to read less but try to internalize it a lot more.  What have you guys tried?  Have you done creative things in your time with God’s word each day?

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