Over the years I’ve seen lots of different programs for reading your Bible, and they are all good. Some are charts with a little square for each chapter to check off, some have a required number of chapters a day, and others have you skipping around all over the place. Whatever gets God’s people reading the Word is great by me. I’ve tried a few different systems over the years, but here is the one I have settled on. I must have learned it from my husband or his father before him or both.
Get yourself two bookmarks. Start reading the Old Testament and mark your place. Start reading the New Testament and mark your place. Keep reading. When you finish, start over and do it again.
I like reading in Psalms or Proverbs as well, so I need an extra bookmark for my system. And I freely confess that I don’t get it all read every day. But when I do read, I do it like this: I read a bit in the O.T. and mark my place, read a bit in the N.T. and mark my place, and read a psalm or some proverbs and mark my place. Pretty straight forward system.
This works well for me and I bet it would work just as well for anyone. You read and you keep reading, and you read it again. My husband has a personal method that works well for him. Since he loves to read and averages a book a week, he makes a policy to read the Bible first before he picks up anything else. You may need a different prompt. Whatever works is good.
I wanted to finish the Old Testament by the end of the year, but I’ve only made it to Habakkuk. Tomorrow I start Zephaniah. But when I finish up, I’ll be back in Genesis for another run through. The idea is to read the Bible and then read it again and then keep reading it over and over to the end of our lives.
I used to worry if I didn’t think I got all there was to get out of each verse, so I would go back and reread. But my husband wisely told me to stop doing that. “Just read it,” he said. “Don’t worry about missing something. Just keep reading and each time through you’ll get more and more.” That has kept me going forward without a lot of backtracking. The goal is to get through the Bible many times in our lifetime, one chapter at a time.