As you may recall from last week’s Memento Monday post on fasting, I mentioned how the Bible will fill you up. It truly offers a one-of-a-kind spiritual nourishment. The taste of which is so complex that you will enjoy all manner of variations despite coming again and again to that which it offers on a proverbial plate.
I’m now launching into my 4th full reading of the Bible. I remember hearing how George Muller read his Bible 200 times.
Can you imagine reading through the Bible 200 times?!?
Well, I don’t know how many readings I’ll get in during my life, but it sure has been a good push for me, remembering what he did. If he could read it that many times, than what am I doing not reading through it?
I have been working on that one…so here we are the 4th go around.
The last time I read through the Bible, I used the Maxwell Leadership Bible. That was insightful. I wanted to read the Bible from a perspective on leadership and found Maxwell’s follow-along commentary of help in highlighting those aspects of the Scriptures.
Have I mentioned yet that the Bible has so much to teach us???
I’ve recently started using Becky Tirabassi’s Let Prayer Change Your Life Prayer Partner Notebook (see her resource here and my blog post here about my experience following attendence at her conference). She recommends using a Daily Bible which gives readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, and some verses from Psalms and Proverbs to boot – all in a day’s reading! So I decided to purchase one.
I opted for a new version which I’d not formerly read – the ESV (English Standard Version) pictured above. It’s apparently a very literal translation, and comes right after the NASB on the scale of literality / reliability, though apparently the team of writers who worked on the translation have also attempted to make it readable. So, maybe it’s a little more readable than the NASB but still a very strong translation in regards to accuracy.
Sometimes reading different translations of the Bible can help me see the same Scriptures in a different light. And a slight shift in translation could mean a significant shift in perspective. I do think reading the Word in different translations can be immensely helpful.
So, August 5th was Day 1 in my ESV Daily Bible! And God has already been speaking to me personally through His Word as I’ve launched into the reading of my new Bible!
Want to join me? Pick up a Daily Bible for yourself and launch in!
Let me know when you get started!