Have you ever started reading your Bible and after a week or maybe longer stopped and wondered if you were even making any progress?
Is keeping track of your Bible reading progress even legal?
I know we don’t read the bible to make “progress” in the sense that we read just to say we have read or rack up points for reading a certain amount.
But I do think there is a motivational and even spiritual benefit in knowing what and how much you have read.
Let me explain.
You need motivation. Even when it comes to those things you love to do.
Even when it comes to those things you love to do.
It is no different with scripture reading.
Seeing progress can give you that motivation.
Being able to track where you have been or even see that you are actually rereading one of the books, can give you a sense of accomplishment and at the same time give you that extra boost you needed to keep coming back and reading every day.
Reading the Bible is a spiritual work. It is a work of God in us to want to read it and to understand what is written in its pages. It is not just another book it is Holy Scriptures.
- Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Because this is not just casual reading but instead a spiritual work, you can look back and see how God has brought you through the pages of scripture and spoken to, encouraged, taught, corrected, and how He has just met you in those daily readings.
The progress you see is a visual of the relationship between you and your heavenly father.
Some practical steps to track progress
Here are some of the things I do to track my progress.
- Write dates
- It has been really cool for me to see, not only that I have read this verse before, but when It was that I actually read it. Talk about instant progress check.
- Highlight verses
- Highlighting helps me to know exactly which verses I read, which also give more meaning to the date.
- Write in the margins when God speaks to you
- Take those thoughts that God brings to mind when you read a certain passage of scripture. Most of can’t remember what we ate the day before yesterday much less what God spoke to us previous days, weeks, months, or even years.
Reading God’s Holy Scriptures should never be taken lightly. And that is exactly why I think you should be as intentional as possible and use any tools available to help you along the way.
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