Reading the Bible in a Month: My Wife’s Experience

Every believer knows the value of Bible reading. The most popular approach is to read through the Scriptures in a year. It seems reasonable that our eyes should read every verse in God’s Word annually. But if that is valuable, what about reading the whole Bible in a month?

In December my wife, Kim, and I were discussing our Bible reading plans for 2012. I had (and have) ambitions to read it through twice this year. I must admit that I felt pretty good about that plan. But imagine my response when Kim said, “I think I want to try to read the Bible through in January.”

I must admit that I was a bit skeptical, but encouraged her to go for it.

Well, she did it.

As we talked about the things she learned, I thought those lessons to be too valuable to keep to myself. So I asked her to write her thoughts out so I could post them. She was reluctant to do so for fear of drawing attention to herself. However, at my urging, she did put together her response to reading the Bible in a month. Here it is…

It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?” But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it (Dt. 30:12-14).

I’m not really sure what made me want to read the entire Bible in the month of January. I think some of it may have been guilt because it had been a while since I read all of God’s Word. I was also convicted that I am not as familiar with this precious book as I need and want to be. Whatever the reasons, I am so glad I did. It both confirmed my ignorance and whetted my appetite to dive deeper into its riches.

The following are some observations that the Lord showed me as I read:

1.     The unchanging character of God is always in the foreground (His holiness, compassion, faithfulness and grace) and shines against the backdrop of man’s continual failures. His focus on the heart stood out this time as well, especially in the Old Testament amidst all the detailed instructions on conduct.

2.     God’s message, plan, and sovereign orchestration of all events to accomplish this plan are consistent on every page. I am convinced that anyone who says the Bible is inconsistent has not spent much time in it.

3.     My reading included about 8 chapters in each of 5 sections daily (Law, History, Poetry, Prophecy and New Testament). I love seeing the Bible’s commentary on itself as well as themes and events being enhanced in different passages. For example, in Acts Peter is called to evangelize Gentiles and in Psalm 67 we see, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You… God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.” In the same day I would read of the faithlessness of the kings and people of Israel, of God’s faithfulness to Israel in the Psalms, and from the prophets who were speaking truth into their lives. On another day I read about David’s desire for God to have a dwelling place in Psalm 132 and Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple in 2 Chronicles 9.

4.     It wasn’t that hard! Yes it took discipline and a good amount of time each day (1 ½ – 2 hrs), but it was very doable. From this point on, reading through God’s Word 3 or 4 times a year does not seem a bit daunting.

5.     I found myself growing in familiarity – the sense in which I am well acquainted with portions of Scripture because I just read them a few days ago. Several times they came to mind readily when dealing with issues in my own heart or in giving counsel to others. Some of these passages were close friends at one time and I’ve missed them. Others were mere acquaintances, but are pulling at me to get to know them better.

6.     After being so immersed in the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan and His repeated warnings and patience with mankind, the final chapters in Revelation carried new meaning. I was overcome with worship for my Sovereign King and Lamb as well as deep sorrow for those who are perishing.

God has lovingly and graciously made it possible for me to know Him through the sacrifice of His Son and the revelation of Himself in His Word. It is not in heaven or across the sea, but it is right beside me on my nightstand. And I pray that it would be ever nearer in my heart and in my mouth.

25 Comments on “Reading the Bible in a Month: My Wife’s Experience

  1. This post just made my whole day better! Thanks Rick for posting it, and Rick’s wife for being so honest.

    I had attempted my own year-through-the-bible program for the first time ever this year and I have been so discouraged because I fell behind a couple of days and never picked up where I left off. I did the same plan as you, Kim, and I found it hard to follow seven different parts of Scripture at the same time. How did that work out for you? Was it hard to find continuity between everything, or did it all piece together nicely in the end?

    The tough part for me was if I missed Monday and now it is Tuesday, I either have to read both Monday and Tuesday, or wait a week. I got caught up with the form of the reading plan, which eventually led to discouragement.

    I am so encouraged that you were disciplined enough to complete the task and give the rest of us slackers some hope!

  2. Thank you Kim for so much encouragement!! I also fell behind on my plan of reading through in a year, and was wondering how and whether I was going to pick my reading back up. This post was so timely. I’ll definitely start again. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Thanks Kim for sharing this. I once did it in 2 months and have been wanting to try the 1 month challenge. This inspired me to tackle it.

  4. I have been reading thru the bible once a year but I will take this challenge to read it thru the month of February.
    thank You kim for the encouragement to do so!!

  5. Both inspiring and encouraging. Thank you Kim 🙂 And I think your comment on feeling deep sorrow for those who are perishing is so right and wonderful. What our churches need are not more programmes/seminars on why evangelism is so important, but instead to encourage the people to dig deep and long into scripture where the truth is more convicting than a 3 point seminar. Thanks again Dr and Mrs H 🙂

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  7. I love that you shared this! For the past 4 years, I’ve read through the Bible in 90 days every summer. It’s such an exciting trip for me. I think we make such a mountain in our heads out of something that is simply a matter of prioritizing.

    In fact, this school year my boys (2nd and 3rd grade) are reading through the New Testament on their own. They’re reading 2 chapters a day, 5 days a week.

    Thanks again for sharing!


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  11. Enjoyed the note and got challenged in my own program. Nicely done. And a note to you, Rick. Just spent a couple of days with Mike H. of Grace Advance. Very uplifting. He mentioned you–fun connection.

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  14. I also am enjoying a one month reading plan. Just straight through in 30 days. Did it last month and will be finishing up again this month in two days. Great fun, considering Dec now : )

  15. Wow! Praise God! could you please send me a copy of your chronological order on how to read the bible in a month? Thanks and God bless you more.

    Ariel Laforteza

    • Just finished my 5th month in a row reading the whole bible in 30 days. Although I had to do it in 28 days this month. I read straight through doing an average of 38 chapters a day. To make it easy to follow I try and do whole books. The first 5 days I read the first 5 books of Moses for example. I tried to paste it in this but it didn’t work. I did it with God’s help and I’m going (with God’s help) continue. I love it.

      • Hi Ariel, I will tomorrow. I’m on vacation visiting my mom and will use her computer. Thanks for asking!

        Good bless you, John

      • Here is a screen shot of the bible reading each month. Last month of course I had a couple of big days to do it in 28 days. The months with 31 days give me a day off. God bless you! John

  16. Iam super excited to start Reading the word of God & to finish reading it within a Month ! God bless you all ❤

  17. Thank you so much for this inspirational information.
    I have my own method….a bit jumbled up but it helps me to thoroughly “deeply get lost in the Living Word of God”.
    I just pick a chapter and read 12 different Bibles on the same chapter….and as I do so I mark every chapter.
    As I read I jot down prayer points inspired by the verses and as a result I have penned eleven prayer e-books under the pseudonymn “Elgibbor Prayer Partner” and have gone through the Bible more than ten times and still reading deeper and deeper.
    The more you read….the deeper the understanding!!!!
    Keep reading….we are an army of Bible readers!!!
    God bless!!!

  18. I am so grateful to have read this. I was just searching to find a testimony of someone who achieved this goal, as I desire to do it for the same reasons mentioned in this article. Thanks for sharing and be blessed.

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