April 1, 2020
Have you seen the hottest new show or asked your Facebook friends to recommend a series to watch? Do you or have you “binge watched” a TV show or series all the way through in a sitting or two? It has become a convenient phenomenon in the age of “On Demand” and DVRs.
At first, I thought binge watching was for “those” people who have a lot of time on their hands or just maybe who were so busy they couldn’t watch a show live. Then, it also seemed like a good idea for those who wanted to watch a TV season all the way through with no stops or commercials. So, recently we’ve tried out a series of two.
I thought I would get into a new show or classic series, but I could only last an hour or two in one sitting. Maybe it is my life stage or need for activity. I couldn’t last very long before I needed a change of environment. I am not sure how anyone does 10 straight episodes, or more, in a sitting much less a straight 24 hours or an entire weekend.
Then I had a thought, does anyone binge read the Bible? The Old Testament records several times when Israel read or listened to the word of God. There was a day in Ezra/Nehemiah where they read the OT all day! Each of the letters of Paul, James, Peter, and John were likely read to the local church in one sitting.
Start a Bible reading plan on YouVersion or another app (there are plenty of free ones in the app store). You also could pick famous passages of scripture to read like; The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7; the account of Creation Genesis 1-2; use a concordance and read all of the Parables or find verses with the word “peace” in them; the Love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13. The “Hall of Faith” chapter in Hebrews 11. Read one of the epistles from beginning to end. Do a character study and read all of the way through the life of Abraham, Joseph, Samuel, Elijah, Esther, or Deborah, plus David and Solomon or the building the temple. You could read the “red” letters in each gospel, one a day. There are many ways to binge read in scripture.
Another good plan that we’ve done at Champion Forest is, 90 Days Through the Bible, by Zondervan. To complete it, it requires 12 pages, (yes, they are double columns), a day for 90 days. The suggestion is to set aside 45 minutes.
Binge watching a new series takes hours. Plan to read your Bible before you start one of these series. Double what you’ve done in the past. If you’ve read in your bible for 5 minutes, make it 10. If you read 20 minutes a day, go for 40! You may find that some days you will want to read for longer. Read in a place that is as distraction free as possible, too.
Catch up on the “latest episode” in scripture using the 90-day Bible or YouVersion or your own plan in your Bible. The goal is reading God’s Word because it is living and active and will begin to impact your life with wisdom as it reveals God himself.