Reading Plan

Below are links to all 365 devotional readings which will guide you through the entire Bible. Each day’s reading contains Scripture from both the Old & New Testaments plus devotional commentary.

Jan. 1 Day 1
Jan. 2 Day 2
Jan. 3 Day 3
Jan. 4 Day 4
Jan. 5 Day 5
Jan. 6 Day 6
Jan. 7 Day 7
Jan. 8 Day 8
Jan. 9 Day 9
Jan. 10 Day 10
Jan. 11 Day 11
Jan. 12 Day 12
Jan. 13 Day 13
Jan. 14 Day 14
Jan. 15 Day 15
Jan. 16 Day 16
Jan. 17 Day 17
Jan. 18 Day 18
Jan. 19 Day 19
Jan. 20 Day 20
Jan. 21 Day 21
Jan. 22 Day 22
Jan. 23 Day 23
Jan. 24 Day 24
Jan. 25 Day 25
Jan. 26 Day 26
Jan. 27 Day 27
Jan. 28 Day 28
Jan. 29 Day 29
Jan. 30 Day 30
Jan. 31 Day 31
Feb. 1 Day 32
Feb. 2 Day 33
Feb. 3 Day 34
Feb. 4 Day 35
Feb. 5 Day 36
Feb. 6 Day 37
Feb. 7 Day 38
Feb. 8 Day 39
Feb. 9 Day 40
Feb. 10 Day 41
Feb. 11 Day 42
Feb. 12 Day 43
Feb. 13 Day 44
Feb. 14 Day 45
Feb. 15 Day 46
Feb. 16 Day 47
Feb. 17 Day 48
Feb. 18 Day 49
Feb. 19 Day 50
Feb. 20 Day 51
Feb. 21 Day 52
Feb. 22 Day 53
Feb. 23 Day 54
Feb. 24 Day 55
Feb. 25 Day 56
Feb. 26 Day 57
Feb. 27 Day 58
Feb. 28 Day 59
Mar. 1 Day 60
Mar. 2 Day 61
Mar. 3 Day 62
Mar. 4 Day 63
Mar. 5 Day 64
Mar. 6 Day 65
Mar. 7 Day 66
Mar. 8 Day 67
Mar. 9 Day 68
Mar. 10 Day 69
Mar. 11 Day 70
Mar. 12 Day 71
Mar. 13 Day 72
Mar. 14 Day 73
Mar. 15 Day 74
Mar. 16 Day 75
Mar. 17 Day 76
Mar. 18 Day 77
Mar. 19 Day 78
Mar. 20 Day 79
Mar. 21 Day 80
Mar. 22 Day 81
Mar. 23 Day 82
Mar. 24 Day 83
Mar. 25 Day 84
Mar. 26 Day 85
Mar. 27 Day 86
Mar. 28 Day 87
Mar. 29 Day 88
Mar. 30 Day 89
Mar. 31 Day 90
Apr. 1 Day 91
Apr. 2 Day 92
Apr. 3 Day 93
Apr. 4 Day 94
Apr. 5 Day 95
Apr. 6 Day 96
Apr. 7 Day 97
Apr. 8 Day 98
Apr. 9 Day 99
Apr. 10 Day 100
Apr. 11 Day 101
Apr. 12 Day 102
Apr. 13 Day 103
Apr. 14 Day 104
Apr. 15 Day 105
Apr. 16 Day 106
Apr. 17 Day 107
Apr. 18 Day 108
Apr. 19 Day 109
Apr. 20 Day 110
Apr. 21 Day 111
Apr. 22 Day 112
Apr. 23 Day 113
Apr. 24 Day 114
Apr. 25 Day 115
Apr. 26 Day 116
Apr. 27 Day 117
Apr. 28 Day 118
Apr. 29 Day 119
Apr. 30 Day 120
May 1 Day 121
May 2 Day 122
May 3 Day 123
May 4 Day 124
May 5 Day 125
May 6 Day 126
May 7 Day 127
May 8 Day 128
May 9 Day 129
May 10 Day 130
May 11 Day 131
May 12 Day 132
May 13 Day 133
May 14 Day 134
May 15 Day 135
May 16 Day 136
May 17 Day 137
May 18 Day 138
May 19 Day 139
May 20 Day 140
May 21 Day 141
May 22 Day 142
May 23 Day 143
May 24 Day 144
May 25 Day 145
May 26 Day 146
May 27 Day 147
May 28 Day 148
May 29 Day 149
May 30 Day 150
May 31 Day 151
Jun. 1 Day 152
Jun. 2 Day 153
Jun. 3 Day 154
Jun. 4 Day 155
Jun. 5 Day 156
Jun. 6 Day 157
Jun. 7 Day 158
Jun. 8 Day 159
Jun. 9 Day 160
Jun. 10 Day 161
Jun. 11 Day 162
Jun. 12 Day 163
Jun. 13 Day 164
Jun. 14 Day 165
Jun. 15 Day 166
Jun. 16 Day 167
Jun. 17 Day 168
Jun. 18 Day 169
Jun. 19 Day 170
Jun. 20 Day 171
Jun. 21 Day 172
Jun. 22 Day 173
Jun. 23 Day 174
Jun. 24 Day 175
Jun. 25 Day 176
Jun. 26 Day 177
Jun. 27 Day 178
Jun. 28 Day 179
Jun. 29 Day 180
Jun. 30 Day 181
Jul 1 Day 182
Jul. 2 Day 183
Jul. 3 Day 184
Jul. 4 Day 185
Jul. 5 Day 186
Jul. 6 Day 187
Jul. 7 Day 188
Jul. 8 Day 189
Jul. 9 Day 190
Jul. 10 Day 191
Jul. 11 Day 192
Jul. 12 Day 193
Jul. 13 Day 194
Jul. 14 Day 195
Jul. 15 Day 196
Jul. 16 Day 197
Jul. 17 Day 198
Jul. 18 Day 199
Jul. 19 Day 200
Jul. 20 Day 201
Jul. 21 Day 202
Jul. 22 Day 203
Jul. 23 Day 204
Jul. 24 Day 205
Jul. 25 Day 206
Jul. 26 Day 207
Jul. 27 Day 208
Jul. 28 Day 209
Jul. 29 Day 210
Jul. 30 Day 211
Jul. 31 Day 212
Aug. 1 Day 213
Aug. 2 Day 214
Aug. 3 Day 215
Aug. 4 Day 216
Aug. 5 Day 217
Aug. 6 Day 218
Aug. 7 Day 219
Aug. 8 Day 220
Aug. 9 Day 221
Aug. 10 Day 222
Aug. 11 Day 223
Aug. 12 Day 224
Aug. 13 Day 225
Aug. 14 Day 226
Aug. 15 Day 227
Aug. 16 Day 228
Aug. 17 Day 229
Aug. 18 Day 230
Aug. 19 Day 231
Aug. 20 Day 232
Aug. 21 Day 233
Aug. 22 Day 234
Aug. 23 Day 235
Aug. 24 Day 236
Aug. 25 Day 237
Aug. 26 Day 238
Aug. 27 Day 239
Aug. 28 Day 240
Aug. 29 Day 241
Aug. 30 Day 242
Aug. 31 Day 243
Sep. 1 Day 244
Sep.  2 Day 245
Sep.  3 Day 246
Sep.  4 Day 247
Sep.  5 Day 248
Sep.  6 Day 249
Sep.  7 Day 250
Sep.  8 Day 251
Sep.  9 Day 252
Sep.  10 Day 253
Sep.  11 Day 254
Sep.  12 Day 255
Sep.  13 Day 256
Sep.  14 Day 257
Sep.  15 Day 258
Sep.  16 Day 259
Sep.  17 Day 260
Sep.  18 Day 261
Sep.  19 Day 262
Sep.  20 Day 263
Sep.  21 Day 264
Sep.  22 Day 265
Sep.  23 Day 266
Sep.  24 Day 267
Sep.  25 Day 268
Sep.  26 Day 269
Sep.  27 Day 270
Sep.  28 Day 271
Sep.  29 Day 272
Sep.  30 Day 273
Oct. 1 Day 274
Oct. 2 Day 275
Oct. 3 Day 276
Oct. 4 Day 277
Oct. 5 Day 278
Oct. 6 Day 279
Oct. 7 Day 280
Oct. 8 Day 281
Oct. 9 Day 282
Oct. 10 Day 283
Oct. 11 Day 284
Oct. 12 Day 285
Oct. 13 Day 286
Oct. 14 Day 287
Oct. 15 Day 288
Oct. 16 Day 289
Oct. 17 Day 290
Oct. 18 Day 291
Oct. 19 Day 292
Oct. 20 Day 293
Oct. 21 Day 294
Oct. 22 Day 295
Oct. 23 Day 296
Oct. 24 Day 297
Oct. 25 Day 298
Oct. 26 Day 299
Oct. 27 Day 300
Oct. 28 Day 301
Oct. 29 Day 302
Oct. 30 Day 303
Oct. 31 Day 304
Nov. 1 Day 305
Nov. 2 Day 306
Nov. 3 Day 307
Nov. 4 Day 308
Nov. 5 Day 309
Nov. 6 Day 310
Nov. 7 Day 311
Nov. 8 Day 312
Nov. 9 Day 313
Nov. 10 Day 314
Nov. 11 Day 315
Nov. 12 Day 316
Nov. 13 Day 317
Nov. 14 Day 318
Nov. 15 Day 319
Nov. 16 Day 320
Nov. 17 Day 321
Nov. 18 Day 322
Nov. 19 Day 323
Nov. 20 Day 324
Nov. 21 Day 325
Nov. 22 Day 326
Nov. 23 Day 327
Nov. 24 Day 328
Nov. 25 Day 329
Nov. 26 Day 330
Nov. 27 Day 331
Nov. 28 Day 332
Nov. 29 Day 333
Nov. 30 Day 334
Dec. 1 Day 335
Dec. 2 Day 336
Dec. 3 Day 337
Dec. 4 Day 338
Dec. 5 Day 339
Dec. 6 Day 340
Dec. 7 Day 341
Dec. 8 Day 342
Dec. 9 Day 343
Dec. 10 Day 344
Dec. 11 Day 345
Dec. 12 Day 346
Dec. 13 Day 347
Dec. 14 Day 348
Dec. 15 Day 349
Dec. 16 Day 350
Dec. 17 Day 351
Dec. 18 Day 352
Dec. 19 Day 353
Dec. 20 Day 354
Dec. 21 Day 355
Dec. 22 Day 356
Dec. 23 Day 357
Dec. 24 Day 358
Dec. 25 Day 359
Dec. 26 Day 360
Dec. 27 Day 361
Dec. 28 Day 362
Dec. 29 Day 363
Dec. 30 Day 364
Dec. 31 Day 365

What I’ve learned

I’ve learned so much this past year, but the lesson I cherish most is surprisingly simple: patience

My healthy daughter was injured in an automobile accident in 2010. She now struggles with a brain injury. I have been impatient with her recovery – wanting her to walk and read and reason too quickly after her life-threatening injury – I haven’t been willing to wait on God’s slow and sure work in her Spirit and mine.

My marriage has been tested in the wake of such a life-altering event. The trauma of losing our healthy daughter combined with the relentlessness of caring for a disabled child has added great stress to our relationship. I want our relationship to be easy again– I haven’t been willing to wait for God’s slow and sure work in my husband’s Spirit and mine.

This year, God has performed the slow and sure work of granting me a little bit more patience – and with it has come… a quiet trust, a gentle strength and a more peaceful spirit. I’m less anxious about my daughter’s recovery. And I trust that my marriage will emerge from this trial stronger than it was before. This is God’s great work in me.

God did not work quickly – He works faithfully, steadily and surely.

His Word is a balm to my soul. Why? Because in it, I find Him. He’s shown me His love, His grace and His patience in the pages of His Great Word.

What about you? What has God taught you through His Word this year? (Feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below.)

I hope you have enjoyed my blog through the Bible! Happy 2014!!

Day 365: Grace

Malachi 1-4Revelation 22

And we are left with one.

One last day.

One last book.

One last chapter.

The book of Malachi makes me uncomfortable. Malachi wrote to the uninspired Jewish exiles. They had returned from captivity and rebuilt their temple and city – yet God seemed to not come back with them. There was no evidence of His Presence. And all of the promises of the grand restoration seemed to go unmet. The people doubted God’s goodness so they slipped into complacency. 

The sins of the exiles hit too close to home…Malachi accused the people of half-hearted devotion. Whether it be the sin of not giving God their best (1:8), compromising God’s holy standards (2:11), or bitter disappointment with difficult circumstances (3:14-15), God was displeased with their lack of faith. He challenged the people to trust him – to test His faithfulness (3:10)!

Which leads me to: One last question.

Are you willing to take God at His Word?

Despite your difficult circumstances or unanswered prayer – or the fact that God seems distant. Maybe you’ve sinned so greatly, you don’t believe God could forgive you. Or maybe you’ve strived to live a holy life, yet your world seems to be crumbling beneath you. Whatever this temporal and visible world might be screaming at you, are you willing to take God at His Word?

Do you believe that the curse will be reversed (Rev. 22:3) and God will create a new earth where there will be no more sin and no more pain? Do you believe as one who is redeemed in Christ, that you will one day see Him face to face and reign with Him forever (Rev. 22:4)?

Well…believe it! For Jesus said, “These words are trustworthy and true.”

You might wonder (like me)…How? How could this be true? How could the God of the universe stoop so low to grant His children such a glorious inheritance?”

The answer is one word: grace

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates (Revelation 22:14).

Can we wash our own robes? Can we scrub the mire of our sins away? No. The blood of the Lamb washes away our sins. He clothes us with HIS righteousness so that we might come into the presence of a Holy God. We stand by His grace, alone.

What is the last sentence in the revealed Word of God? The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen!

(Tune in January 1, for my last post – summarizing the greatest lesson I’ve learned from our year through the Bible.)

Day 364: The Goal of Prophecy

Zechariah 12-14Revelation 21

As I have read (and read and read) in daily preparation for this blog, one statement about the purpose of prophecy resonated with me. It resonated so deeply that I copied and pasted it (in bold) in a place on my computer that I see everyday. So, each day I am reminded of this goal of prophecy… Unfortunately, I have no idea from where I copied it, and for fear of plagiarizing, I have never shared it. But I think I will today:

The goal of prophecy, more than simply telling the future, is the moral formation of God’s people (Source unknown).

Zechariah’s prophecies are astounding.

  • He predicts with precision Jesus’ regal entrance to Jerusalem on a donkey (9:9).
  • He predicts the piercing of the Messiah and the depth of the mourning after His death (12:10-14).
  • He predicts that from the blood of the cross, there would come forgiveness for sins (13:1).
  • He predicts the scattering of the disciples upon Jesus’ arrest and trial (13:7).
  • He predicts the refining of the church through the means of persecution (13:9).
  • He predicts the great number of Gentiles who would turn to Christ in repentance and faith (14:16).
  • And finally, he looks forward to the day when the restoration of Israel should be so complete that even common goods are deemed holy and nothing can be defiled (14:20-21).

Wow. Could the people of Zechariah’s day have predicted the future based on Zechariah’s prophecies? I don’t think so. It’s much easier for us to interpret his words with the luxury of hindsight! So what was the purpose of Zechariah’s prophecies for his contemporaries? Zechariah spoke for the “moral formation of God’s people.” The exiles would have been comforted that God was sovereign and would judge the nations, and they would be challenged to live their lives in a manner worthy of their coming King.

Similarly, the book of Revelation is written for our “moral formation.” John is instructed to record the vision in order to encourage the suffering church to “overcome.” We learn through visions that God is in complete control. He has “sealed” his people so we are protected from His judgment! We see the final defeat of evil and we are encouraged by the future that awaits!

Are we supposed to be able to predict the future with precise detail using the book of Revelation? Absolutely not! But we can read it with the anticipation of our future home and let it motivate us to overcome the trials and temptations of this world. Why? Because we can be sure of our GLORIOUS inheritance recorded in Revelation 21!

Savor the images of this chapter! Notice that the sea of separation has been removed! The Lord Jesus, himself, is the temple and the source of light! See the beauty of Jerusalem – which is symbolic of God’s people – perfectly measured and protected for that day. This is our inheritance! Don’t let the purpose of John’s visions fall on deaf ears.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! 

May John’s visions transform us and propel us toward Christ. May they motivate us to persevere, endure and overcome!!!

Disclaimer: I humbly and cautiously offer an interpretation of the book of Revelation based on my Reformed understanding of Scripture, an Amillennialist eschatology, and a heavy reliance on the book, Revelation, The Compassion and Protection of Christ by Dr. Paul Gardner.

Day 363: God is the Victor

Zechariah 9-11Revelation 20

Passages of Scripture – like those we are reading today – remind me of my limited human understanding. Faithful and sound biblical scholars disagree over how to interpret the first 10 verses of Revelation 20. Zechariah 11 is probably one of the least understandable chapters in all of the Bible! But in spite of my limitations, by God’s grace, I see Him in these chapters…

I see His promise to judge His enemies and protect His people (Zech. 9:1-8).

I see His promise to send a peaceful King – one who rides on a donkey – to save His people (Zech. 9:9-17).

I know (from our privileged perspective of living in the church age) that when Christ came, He destroyed the power of Satan and has absolute authority over the earth (Luke 10:18; Matthew 28:18; Revelation 20:1-3).

And I know from the book of Revelation that God is the victor. Satan is restrained (20:1-3), he will surely be defeated (20:7-10), and the redeemed rule with Christ (20:4)!!

All the other details of when and how I will leave for the scholars to debate. I will choose to rest in the goodness and sovereignty of our Lord. I will thank Him for dying in my stead. And I will pray for the grace to be a light to the unbeliever.

I can’t imagine what it will be like on that final day when the books are opened. I pray that my children’s names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. I pray for the strength and grace to overcome and be welcomed into the Lamb’s presence. I know that I have done nothing to merit salvation. Most of all, I’m thankful for His grace.

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus, Come!

Disclaimer: I humbly and cautiously offer an interpretation of the book of Revelation based on my Reformed understanding of Scripture, an Amillennialist eschatology, and a heavy reliance on the book, Revelation, The Compassion and Protection of Christ by Dr. Paul Gardner.

Day 362: Mourning turned to Dancing!

Zechariah 7-8Revelation 19

The events of Zechariah 7 took place two years after the visions in the preceding chapters (Zech. 1:1; 7:1) but two years before the completion of the temple (Zech. 7:1; Ezra 6:14-15). As the chapter opens, men came from Bethel to ask whether they should continue their mourning rituals. For approximately 70 years, the people had fasted during specific times to commemorate the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem. Since the temple was being rebuilt, the people wondered, “Should we continue to fast?” Listen to God’s answer!

And the word of the Lord of hosts came to [Zechariah], saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace (Zechariah 8:18).

God was changing their mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11)! He promised them the blessing of His presence and favor!! But their joy and gladness was just a foretaste of the joy and gladness His people will experience at the Bridal Supper of the Lamb recorded in Revelation 19!

In this one chapter of Revelation we see the stark contrast of those who are judged and those who are redeemed in Christ. The Great Babylon is destroyed. And then Christ comes to earth. He does not come as a meek lamb – but on a white war-horse brandishing a sword. The battle is swift, and the kings of the earth are killed while the beast and the false prophet are captured!

And the mourning is turned to dancing! Christ has the victor’s crown. He is the King! This is our future – sure as rain. We will gather with all the redeemed and cry out…

For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory (Revelation 19:6-7).

Do you believe it? “These are the true words of God” (Revelation 19:9). May our hope be sure in Christ!!

Disclaimer: I humbly and cautiously offer an interpretation of the book of Revelation based on my Reformed understanding of Scripture, an Amillennialist eschatology, and a heavy reliance on the book, Revelation, The Compassion and Protection of Christ by Dr. Paul Gardner.

Day 361: The beauty of Prophesy and The lure of Babylon

Zechariah 4-6Revelation 18

Prophesy…it’s complex and beautiful, multi-layered and mysterious – all of which reflect God’s character. Today’s reading is thick with the many horizons of prophesy…

Our reading opens with Zechariah’s 5th vision. We learn that Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, will complete the rebuilding of the temple, not by his own might, but by the power of the Spirit (just as the world-wide church is supported by the power of the Spirit!).

In the 6th vision, we see a flying, gigantic scroll. It is a covenant-document declaring judgment on those who sin against both man and God. This one scroll finds fulfillment in the seven scrolls of Revelation.

In the 7th vision, iniquity is removed from the land. All wickedness, personified in a woman, would be held in a basket, deported away from Jerusalem and taken to “Shinar” which is Babylon. This was meaningful to the exiles, but it also points forward to the end of time – when Babylon is destroyed (Rev. 17-18).

Zechariah’s visions end with a reprise of the four horsemen from his first vision. This time they are equipped for war.

All of these visions are consummated in the symbolic act of crowning the High Priest, Joshua, with a golden crown. Reference is made to the “Branch” from Jeremiah 33:15 – which points forward to Jesus. Zechariah says of the ‘Branch,’ “It is he who shall build the temple of the Lord and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne” (Zechariah 6:13). When Jesus came to earth, he did not build a physical temple, but rather a spiritual temple, His church.

This is the beauty of prophesy!! All of these visions applied to the exiles of Zechariah’s day and encouraged them to press on to rebuild the temple. These prophesies also point forward to the church age – to our present-time – when Jesus is building His spiritual kingdom and temple on earth in His church. But these visions also point even further forward in time to the end of the age, when all iniquity will be wiped from the land (Zec. 5:6)!!

Even today’s reading in Revelation is a prophesy that finds its roots in Jeremiah’s prediction of the destruction of ancient Babylon (Jer. 51). The similarities between Jeremiah 51 and Revelation 18 are striking. In Revelation, the prophesy is expanded to include the whole of the world that is against God – its economic systems, luxuries and even its entertainment. All of it will be destroyed in the blink of an eye. The world is left with nothing, mourning the loss of everything upon which they have built their lives. In the end, the foundation of prosperity proves to be sinking sand. And the persecuted saints watch the great Babylon’s destruction from the comforts of heaven. The irony is thick.

In the middle of the vision, another angel proclaims a message which is meant for us

Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
for her sins are heaped high as heaven (Revelation 18:4).

The lure of the harlot is strong. The temptress of prosperity is intoxicating. We must resist the devil and his schemes! We must come out of Babylon! We must fix our eyes on Jesus – daily reminding ourselves that we live not for today – but for eternity!! I pray for the grace to stand against the great Babylon – while leading others to the beauty and majesty of Christ!

Disclaimer: I humbly and cautiously offer an interpretation of the book of Revelation based on my Reformed understanding of Scripture, an Amillennialist eschatology, and a heavy reliance on the book, Revelation, The Compassion and Protection of Christ by Dr. Paul Gardner.