When I was a kid, I religiously read the Choose Your Own Adventure books (see http://www.cyoa.com). I loved the non-reality of making the “wrong decision” (which lead to death), or the “right decision” (leading to success, or the next page) the book brought me. It was well, and adventure. Psalm 1:1-2 states:
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
Obviously, we could read more about this verse but for the sake of time, I want to jump straight to it’s application. The blessed person is the one who takes delight in the law of the Lord by meditating day and night on the law. In view of the context, he referring to the Torah, but I think it’s application bears out on for us the entire counsels of the Word.
The beginning of a new years affords us the opportunity to reflect on what we will delight in throughout 2012. My hope is that you would consider delighting in the majesty of God in His Word. There are magnificent things in the Bible, we just have to observe them as we watch the Holy Spirit revive our heart’s affection and mind’s attention to the glory of the God who made us.
So, it’s time to choose your own adventure through the Bible this year. You know your needs and your heart better than I, and there are numerous reading plans through the Bible you could take this year. But I encourage you to pick one, and stick to it, because as Winston Churchill once said; “he who fails to plan is planning to fail.”
Which adventure will you choose?
M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan (This plan is based on the M’Cheyne reading system, featuring four different readings each day; two passages from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from either the Psalms or the Gospels. In one year, you read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice.): http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.one.year.tract.pdf
ESV Study Bible Reading Plan (This plan includes readings from four sections of the Bible each day: the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.): http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.esv.study.bible.pdf
5x5x5 Reading Plan (Read through the New Testament in 5 days a week, 5 minutes a day.): http://www.navpress.com/images/pdfs/9781576839768.pdf
Read it Historically (the order in which they were written): http://www.blueletterbible.org/reader/daily/PDF/Plan5.pdf
Read it Chronologically (the order in which they took place): http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.chronological.pdf
Hope this helps as you plan how you engage the Scriptures in 2012!