The Rich Rewards of Reading the Word: A Plan for 2017

Man is reading a big book

With 2017 right around the corner, consider setting aside a daily time to meet with God in prayer and Bible reading. Here are some keys to consistency in this critical discipline.

Pick a time and place. Take a look at your schedule and pick a time and location that will enable you to be most consistent. Maybe you can get up a few minutes earlier or take some time during a lunch break or if you are a night owl, spend some time with God just before bed. The key is to set aside a particular time and place to meet with God.

Pick a plan. Don’t just open your Bible and read here or there each day. Instead, have a plan to read through the New Testament this year or through the whole Bible. Here are some possibilities to help you systematically read the Bible.

Don’t give up. If you miss a day, then get back on track the next day. Don’t say to yourself, “I’ll never spend time with God consistently. I’m giving up.” Don’t let the craziness of life keep you from knowing Jesus closely.

When you spend time in God’s Word and prayer with a desire to really know Him, He changes you. Usually, these changes aren’t overnight, but as time passes, make no mistake, God will shape you. There is no greater joy than knowing Jesus more and being changed by Him! As Psalm 1 says…

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.

During this new year, read the Word and reap the rich reward of a closer relationship with Jesus.