A few weeks ago, we started reading the Bible from start to finish with our children. We’ve read smaller chunks, but I don’t think we’ve ever read the Bible straight through together. We haven’t been reading together in awhile, I do want you to know.
I told them I’d like to read through the Bible together. Asked them whether they would prefer to read chronologically, or just straight through the Bible. They were enthusiastic and voted to read chronologically, so we started. Technically we were starting close to the new year, but I decided it was silly to wait two weeks to start.
Mostly we just read, because I want to keep our time under thirty minutes. Sometimes they’ve asked about a verse they don’t understand, and sometimes I point out something I like. They’ve asked some questions that I couldn’t answer.
Maybe reading the Bible through is something you’d like to try this year. It doesn’t matter that we’re already two weeks into the new year; I started two weeks early, and we’ve been reading only on school days. You can start two weeks in. What if you get stuck at Leviticus? You might think you’re the only one who has these pitfalls. You hear your friends talk about this thing they’re doing or that, and you feel like the unspiritual one. Don’t worry. No matter where you are, you can always move forward. If you get bored by Leviticus, you can still keep reading. Or you could skip Leviticus. Wouldn’t it be better to skip Leviticus and get through the whole Bible, than to stop every year because of … Leviticus?
My life is full of starts and stops, of repeat lessons. I ask for God’s mercy all the time. Do you have something you’ve been avoiding because you’re concerned you won’t be able to follow through?
Pray for us. We’ll be starting Leviticus soon.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14