I’ve used RM M’Cheyne’s Bible reading planÂ for many years now, and I find it very useful, and edifying. HeÂ has some great insight into the dangers of regular Bible reading as well as the advantages of faithful study of God’s Word. Let this spur you onward in spending time with the Lord through the Scriptures.
(1.) Formality. â€“ We are such weak creatures that any regularly returning duty is apt to degenerate into a lifeless form. The tendency of reading the Word by a fixed rule may, in some minds, be to create this skeleton religion. This is to be the peculiar sin of the last days â€“ â€œHaving a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.â€ Guard against this. Let the calendar perish rather than this rust eat up your souls.
(2.) Self-righteousness. â€“ Some, when they have devoted their set time to reading of the Word, and accomplished their prescribed portion, may be tempted to look at themselves with self-complacency. Many, I am persuaded, are living without any Divine work on their soul â€“ unpardoned and unsanctified, and ready to perish â€“ who spend their appointed times in secret and family devotion. This is going to hell with a lie in their right hand.
(3.) Careless reading. â€“ Few tremble at the Word of God. Few, in reading it, hear the voice of Jehovah, which is full of majesty. Some, by having so large a portion, may be tempted to weary of it, as Israel did of the daily manna, saying â€“ â€œOur soul loatheth this light bread;â€ and to read it in a slight and careless manner. This would be fearfully provoking to God. Take heed lest that word be true of you â€“ â€œYe said, also, Behold what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of Hosts.â€