Some people know me as the guy who did the Bible Bee and really “knows the Word”. Indeed, I do have a deep desire to “let the word of Christ dwell richly within” me (Col. 3:16) and “hold fast the word of life” (Phil. 2:16). Yet I, myself, have easily let the Scriptures become what I once knew, not what I now know. I have felt this many times in my life, sometimes even having a fear of approaching the Bible because I haven’t read it much. When I considered His commands, I was “ashamed” (Ps. 119:6).
Over time, the Lord has convinced me that I do not need to be afraid, for the Bible, though it may feel like stale bread, shall instantly be turned fresh for the one who approaches and reads.
All we need to do is read. Indeed, we are lost in the dark if we do not read.
“Because of that experience (Peter seeing Jesus in glory on the Mount of Transfiguration), we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines” (2 Pet. 1:19 NLT)
How shall we begin?
I have found a helpful way to draw near to the Scriptures is to have a plan for going through them. Without any type of plan we will read less, waste time deciding what to read, and end up reading only certain passages/books while neglecting others.
I will be using a popular Bible reading plan a friend of mine posted about. It’s one I’ve come across before, put together by a guy from the past with an odd name (Robert M’Cheyne), but as I read more about this plan, I felt stirred and invited to approach the Holy Word of God. I found this plan very simple and not overwhelming (about 4 chapters a day). You can view/print an outline for this plan here.
May this encourage you to approach the stale bread and find it fresh and nourishing again.