Every year I do the Bible in a Year reading plan. As a pastor, and more than that, as Christian, it is important to know the Bible I live by. That’s one of the reasons I do it every year. My other reason is not so honorable.
I do a Bible in a Year plan every year because I can’t ever make it past the book of Isaiah.
I’m not sure why it happens, but I often bail on the reading around this book. It’s not the longest book. It’s not even my favorite book and I’m tempted to linger. That distinction belongs to Ephesians. Although it’s not my favorite, it has great passages in it. Chapter 7, a virgin shall bear a son and His name shall be called Immanuel. Chapter 9, the root of Jesse shall spring forth and the government shall be on His shoulders and Chapter 53, the portrait of the Suffering Servant.
And I’ve tried reading it in different translations. I’ve tried listening to the audio of it. Neither help. I can even read the rest of the Bible after Isaiah, of course not in order. Isaiah gets me every time.
Except this year. This year, I think I’m going to make it. I am on chapter 45. Only 21 more chapters to go! I can make it through 21 chapters if I’ve already made it through 44.
Could this year be the year I make it past Isaiah?