10 Chapters a Day.
Today I begin a l o n g (or not really that long) process of reading the Bible. I was challenged to read it cover to cover by reading 10 chapters everyday. I hope that by the end of reading it I will be a totally changed person and completely without sin. Just kidding. I’m sure it will change me, but I don’t expect all my problems to be solved. The main part of doing this that I’m most looking forward to is having a true conviction for knowing what is right. So many times I find myself questioning my decisions when asking what God would have me do. Hopefully, I can learn about his character and be able to see my life better through a filter of God’s truth.
The New Testament has 260 chapters and the Old Testament has 929 chapters. I figure at this pace I can finish the New Testament in just under a month! Crazy right? I’m going to start at the end and work backwards. It makes it a much smaller beginner goal and a shorter win than starting with 50 chapters in Genesis. Plus, just like with any goal I am trying to reach, having little victories early on will build confidence and keep me motivated until it becomes a habit. I also want to try to journal about what I read each day. I will shoot for 100-200 words for now as I want to just get in the habit first. Each entry should include a quick summary, characteristic of God, and maybe an insight I gained. I want to keep it concise and well thought out in a way that helps me remember it. I feel that keeping it shorter for now will do just that. Feel free to join me, comment on what I write, correct me, challenge me, or just read along. You can also help me by asking if I’ve done my reading or texting me to keep me on track! So here we go!
[Just a side note: I probably won’t post this everyday, so don’t get too excited.]
These chapters are about John’s vision of Jesus coming to him and laying out exactly what will happen when justice comes to earth. Each prophesy is full of serious emotion. There’s definitely no gray area when Jesus talks about how it’s going to be. Our God is consistent even with his punishments. The time for grace will have passed when that reckoning day comes and those who are evil will be punished. It’s definitely scary to see that side of God. We often portray him as a gentle lamb, and so caring and loving. Which he is, but I think it’s good to be reminded that God also stands by his word and has a zero-tolerance policy for sin. There can be no room for it when you’re in a relationship with him.