I decided to give it a whirl. What book should I read? I certainly wasn’t going to choose Psalms, a book of 150 chapters. No, it had to be a shorter book. Since I have spent quite a bit of time in the New Testament lately, I was drawn to something in the Old Testament. In looking at the list of books of the Bible by amount of chapters, the book of Amos (nine chapters) stood out to me. Amos it was! Now that April is coming to a close, I’d like to offer you 3 reasons why it is a good idea to read and reread one book of the Bible many times.
1) You notice something different each time you read the book. I knew this before this experiment but it was extremely evident as I recorded my thoughts as I read each morning. Each time I found myself saying, “I can’t believe I didn’t see that before!” or “Wow, that’s an awesome truth that popped out!” Faithful Bible readers will notice that reading Amos 8 will impress you differently as a high school student as compared to reading it as a grandma. The Lord feeds us what we need through His Word through whatever situation or station of life we find ourselves in.
2) You get a great “big picture” look at the book. In sermons we hear a “chunk” of verses explained and fleshed out. Other devotional material may encourage us to read “Book of the Bible, chapter 2, verses 7-21.” Before this month I was using a Bible reading plan that encouraged reading and studying one chapter of the Bible each day. While those ideas are great, sometimes we zoom in so close to observe a text that we forget what the big picture is. Have you ever flown in a small airplane over a city? That’s what reading through a whole book of the Bible in one sitting feels like. You see everything all at once.
3) You start to feel like the book of the Bible is your friend. When you read and reread a book of the Bible, you start to become really familiar with the book, somewhat like what it feels like to really know a good friend. “Good morning, Amos!” Sometimes, we might get frustrated with each other. There were mornings where I felt like I hit a wall in this experiment. Did I really want to keep hanging out with Amos? Honestly I wanted to find a new “friend.” As I pushed through that wall, I came to appreciate my friend Amos even more.
I haven’t decided if I will choose another book and do the same next month or if I will return to what I was doing before April. Either way, I’m excited about receiving from the Lord each day in His Word. Have you ever tried a Bible reading experiment like this?