Happy New Year, one and all!
This is the time of year where one traditionally pauses to take stock of the year that has passed, and to make resolutions for the year ahead. There is nothing wrong with this at all, provided of course that your assessment and resolutions are good and made from a position of faith.
One resolution, whether it is called that or not, that many Christians will be making at this time, will be to read through the Bible in one year. An excellent endeavour whatever the reasoning behind it. As believers we should be thoroughly acquainted with all of God's word, not just the bits we are already comfortable with. Reading the Bible through in one year is a great way to do this; one that I have done several times [Though, I confess, I have started reading the Bible through in one year about twice as often as I have actually finished!]
If you have just started on such a journey, can I point you towards an excellent resource: the Bible Tour Blog. Here you will find insight and resources along the way that will help you to view and appreciate the landscape of Biblical revelation. There is space for your comments too, so you may meet some travelling companions for the journey too.
My own reading plan is reading the Bible through in two years, and I'm pleased to report that on my third year of doing this, I am still ahead; over half way through second time round. You don't stop reading the Word just because you have read it all! There is always more to discover, learn, absorb, and put into practice.
But whatever your reading plan, or resolutions are this year, make sure this is a year soaked in God's word.
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.