The best way you can develop a God-honoring financial plan is by reading your Bible. This is a much better approach than simply searching for the word ‘money’ in your favorite commentary. Indeed, the benefit of reading your Bible daily goes beyond simply learning about finances.
For the last few years, I’ve experimented with different Bible reading plans. While my 2013 plan wasn’t prefect, it worked much better than plans in the past. Rather than simply reading through the Bible in an entire year, I read through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice. The advantage of this approach is that every day of the year you’re reading a New Testament text. The disadvantage is that you’ll be reading more than if you just read through the Bible in a year.
I’ve always found the best time to read the Bible is first thing in the morning. As a creature of habit, I’ve decided to do my readings at the same time every morning. I’ve found that when I have pushed it off to a later time in the day, it ultimately doesn’t happen. Creating that habit is the key.
This year, I’m planning to read through the Bible thematically. Bible-literacy.org has a year long Bible reading plan that divides daily readings by topics. The main concern that I have is that the full year long reading plan hasn’t been posted online. I just hope that they (1) complete the reading plan, and (2) don’t decide to charge a fee mid-year. I’ll start reading by faith.
In addition to the Bible reading plan, I usually try and read through portions of a devotional book. This year, I’ll be reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Last year, I slowly read through The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer.
What approach are you taking to your daily Bible reading in 2014? Any suggestions?