It’s that time of year again. It’s time to pick a Bible reading plan for next year. This past year, I read through the Bible chronologically. If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend it! It sheds so much light on the story of God’s plan for redeeming His creation!
This year, I’ll be using a devotional called A Year with God, by R. P. Nettlehorst. Each day’s reading begins with a short passage from the Old Testament, where God is speaking directly to one (or more) of His children. Nettlehorst then offers a short exposition on the passage with application for living out the truth revealed in God’s Word. The readings are grouped into contrasting topics such as Hope and Fear, Perseverance and Quitting, Faith and Doubt and Peace and Conflict, so that each topic is thoroughly addressed with truth directly from the mouth of the Author of all truth.
Nettlehorst’s devotionals are simple yet illuminating. Each day offers a new opportunity to see how God interacted with His people in ancient times. Each day also offers a new opportunity to see how God interacts with His people today. God does not change, and as can be seen in Nettlehorst’s journey through the Old Testament, neither do people. The Patriarchs of the Old Testament learned the same lessons God needs to teach us in the 21st Century.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a daily devotional, especially one that brings the Old Testament to life. I’ve often been tempted to skip over large parts of the Old Testament and get to the “good stuff” of the New Testament. This book has reminded me in new ways that God’s “good stuff” can’t be divided into old and new. His plan for His people is written on every page of Scripture!