December 2015 marked the end of a Bible plan I began following two years ago. I have finished reading my NIV 1984 Bible from cover to cover! The Bible I’ve read has 66 books, 39 from the Old Testament and 27 from the New. The length of each book varies though all the books are further organized into chapters. In total, it has 1,189 chapters. If you’re consistent in reading four chapters every day, you’d finish it in a year. My Bible reading finish line shows that I’ve skipped a good number of days!
There’s nothing magical that happens when I read my Bible. More than half the time, it feels like a mundane routine. I don’t always get something from what I read and I do end up having more questions sometimes about my faith. But in challenging seasons, the verses, stories, images, and characters from this set of holy books become real.
The lessons from the Bible have saved me from wrong decisions, guided me to the right steps, and helped me move to the proper direction. It is a powerful guide, where your adherence to its message bring results that you’d be thankful for.
Contrary to what some thinks, the Bible is neither mythical nor irrelevant. For imperfect and incomplete Christians like me, it is key to living life the way we should. I hold onto its every word and promise. Yes, there are times that I question some of the precepts it presents. But I can never deny the power of its words, which theologians and scholars say are God-breathed.
Finishing the Bible from cover to cover reinforces a timeless and eternal truth. It is that God is the embodiment and definition of love. He is passionate to express His care and affection to humanity. Because of His grace and power, we can love others.
My best takeaway from this two-year journey: The 14th verse of Book of Galatians, chapter 5.
“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.”