As Christians, it is vital that we spend fruitful time in the reading and study of the Word of God. Many will read through the Bible in a year, which is a wonderful practice, and I highly encourage. I also encourage variety in your pattern of studying the Word, as it is easy to start taking for granted that the point isn’t to read 3 or 4 chapters a day to complete your Bible reading goal. The real need is to get to know the author of Scripture: “The Word – Jesus Christ ” (John 1:1&14).
We should also desire to read the Word to find wisdom for everyday life, or as I like to say- we need Bible direction for life. This is not the primary purpose for spending time in the Bible, but it is absolutely essential. Unfortunately, many people, Christians included, feel that the Bible is a good religious book that has lofty thoughts about God, but does not have a lot of practical application for life in the 21st Century. They couldn’t be more wrong.
I have recently revived an old practice in my Scripture reading routine and have once again found it to be most helpful in everyday life. The practice is simple, daily I read one chapter in the Book of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month. 31 days – 31 chapters.
If you need proof that the Scripture is helpful in giving daily wisdom or even if you don’t, I challenge you to take up reading form the Book of Proverbs everyday.