I can’t believe it, but I actually did it. I just finished reading Revelation about an hour ago. That means I read through the entire Bible in 89 days!
I had read through the Bible before, but it had been awhile. I have never read through it this fast though. (Though I started the challenge 2 separate times.) Sometimes I felt like it was too fast, like Psalms, but in certain sections it was really interesting to read through so quickly. I noticed things like which stories are repeated in which Gospels and which are unique. It was exciting to read how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies so soon after reading them. I also noticed more of what is repeated in several of Paul’s Epistles. I have done Precepts studies of several books of the Bible in the past. I noticed that as I reread those books, I remembered much more of those studies than I thought. Since in those studies you read through the books so many times, they were still very familiar.
Reading through the Bible in 90 Days was a marvelous way to start off my year. I feel ready to dig into a deeper Bible study of some sort. Having a challenge kept me motivated to keep on track. It also helped me to do this with a new baby. Rather than use my lack of sleep as an excuse to not be reading God’s Word, I used all those middle of the night feedings to do most of my reading. I was able to do that because I read the entire Bible on my iPod using the YouVersion app. So I didn’t need to turn on the light, and I didn’t need both hands to hold my Bible and turn the pages.
It was a very positive experience (really, how could reading the Bible be a negative experience?) and I’d like to do it again. Next time I think I’ll see if I can get some of my kids to join me.
Have you read the entire Bible?