But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
That I may declare all Your works.
LORD Jesus, we praise You, for You have compassion on Your people. You are the One who made it possible for us to draw near to God – Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we are keeping ourselves occupied with all other things instead of spending that extra time we have with You. Enable us this coming year to draw near to You, to hear Your voice, to talk to You, and to read and study Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
It is not good in an intimate relationship if we do not draw near to one another. Also, if only one does all the talking and the other all the listening, communication is lacking. Most of all, we also need to know how to communicate in a way that we will understand one another.
1 Draw near to the Saviour
Today’s verse says that it is good to draw near to God. When we draw near to Him we get to know Him much better. We cannot put our trust in something or someone that we do not know, can we? First of all, we need to be close to abide in the Saviour.
2 Hear the Shepherd’s Voice
John 10 explains that Christ’s people will hear His voice (verse 16). We have to experience God’s Word. We cannot do all the talking ourselves while never listening to what He is telling us. How will we get to know Him and know what to do?
3 Pray to God and Praise Him
We draw near to God to hear His voice. It is good to start each devotional time with prayer and in praise. Let us talk to our heavenly Father and ask Him to reveal what He wants us to know. We praise Him, and thank Him for His Son, who has made the way for us to freely communicate with God Himself. Hallelujah!
4 – Most importantly, Read His Word in 2024
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
Setting a goal without planning how to reach it remains a mere wish. You do not have to complete a specific Bible Reading Plan. The last thing you want for 2024 is to read your Bible just to “tick the box” after you completed the daily portion of Scripture. If you are not a fast nor a good reader, you could start by committing to a two-year or a three-year reading plan, or one that allows you to read at your own pace, or even one that includes just one or the other book/s of the whole Bible.
In Need of a Bible Reading Plan?
Here is what I wrote on The Bible page of this blog:
Carmen loves the Psalms and likes to read at least one every day. That’s why we have been searching for a plan that will not “just read through the Book of Psalms” in only a few days of the year, but will offer a separate reading of this precious part of the Bible for every day. The Legacy Bible Reading Plan does separate readings in the Psalms but only on three days per week. You might want to give it a try and discover that you will like the plan just as it is.
We had been looking for a bit more of a guidance on which and how many chapters to read a day, so we divided the books into daily reading portions. Instead of reading three psalms per week, we came up with a plan that will guide us through the psalms twice a year. If you are interested, you can take a look at our Bible Reading Plan found in the sidebar (to your right).
Still looking for another guide to get you through the Bible in one, two, or three years? Check out Ligonier Ministries’ webpage called 2024 Bible Reading Plans for a good selection of different plans. The website of ESV (English Standard Version) also provides some suggestions at Reading Plans.
Live in communion with God today – and forevermore.