Peace family, what’s the latest thing that has really helped you to grow in your walk with God?
A friend and I have been reading the MacArthur Daily Bible, and it has been such a blessing! So far this year, I’ve really been touched in a new way by God’s compassion throughout the Old Testament, His holiness, as well as gained a deeper insight into how Christ really did declare his kingship and deity (all those people who argue that Jesus was a good man who never explicitly said that he was God, haven’t understood some of the amazing things he said,) and how God’s plan from the very beginning was fulfilled in Jesus.
Each day has portions of the Old Testament, the New Testament, a bit of Psalms, and a bit of Proverbs. This is the first time I’m reading the Old Testament since my pilgrimage to Israel last year, and it is so much fun! I’m taking the time to look up the meanings of names, whether of people or places. The margins are generous, with lots of room for notes and writing in questions and connections, and I’m really enjoying the small lessons at the end of each day’s readings. Having the Old and New Testament basically side-by-side has really enriched my perspective of God’s grand scheme of things.
All of this to say, this has really been a great experience and I feel like I am getting to know God better than ever. Peace family, if you aren’t sure what steps to take to strengthen your walk with God, or you don’t already have a Bible that you are consistently reading through, why not join me? (If you want faster results than reading the Bible in a year, another option is to read the Bible in 90 Days (NIV), but to be honest, I am actually enjoying this Bible more than that one.) Even if you aren’t really interested in the New King James translation (I wasn’t at all, and only ordered it because my friend did) I promise you, it is totally worth it.
I know we’re already almost to March, but don’t let that discourage you. I started almost a month behind my friend at the end of January, but doubling it up and reading two-a-days, though challenging, was absolutely doable. In fact, once I had finished the double days, I actually missed them! If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, the ISBN number is 978-0718006396. And, even if you aren’t interested in buying this particular Bible, there are all kinds of reading plans available online. Check some out, and really start reading and knowing what God’s word says! I promise you, even if it’s hard and confusing when you start out, you won’t regret it.