Every Tuesday morning, I attend a women’s bible study at church where we worship, listen to a mini message on the chapter(s) we read the previous week, and enjoy sweet fellowship with one another. Almost every week, within our bible study, we are asked to define certain terms we come across in the bible. Not difficult words that we don’t know the meaning of, but rather common words that we think we know the entire meaning of. Through this one simple task, my understanding and appreciation of who God is and His Word have grown deeper and richer.
Let’s take the word “faithful” for example. Without googling it, how would you define faithful?
I’m sure you were able to come up with a sentence or two describing what faithful means. Now that you have your own definition of this word, let’s look at a few actual definitions/synonyms of faithful: true, devoted, constant, loyal, dependable, and steadfast. Didn’t that add so much more depth to a word that I’m sure all of us thought we knew every aspect of already? It did for me! With this month’s bible reading plan, we’re going to take the study of faithfulness even further as we read about how faithful our God is. He is faithful in keeping His Word, to fulfill His promises, during our trials, and even when we are not faithful. You’ll find summaries of all four sections of the reading plan below (under the printable God Is Faithful Bible Reading Plan). Although you could read all four at once, I recommend reading one section overview at a time before you tackle the 5 days of reading that follow.
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In Keeping His Word (Days 1-5)
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35
Our exploration and praise of God’s faithfulness begins with not only the longest psalm in the book of Psalms but also the longest chapter in the bible, Psalm 119. This poetic prayer celebrates and meditates on the excellencies of the Word of God, and in effect, the very essence of who God is: faithful, true, righteous, and eternal. During these first three days of the reading plan, I encourage you to not only read Psalm 119 aloud but also to petition the Lord within your heart, for the same requests the psalmists laid before the feet of God throughout this beautifully rich psalm.
As we immerse ourselves in the study of the Word of God, the more intimate and extensive our knowledge of the Lord becomes. There is no separating God from His Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning…The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-2,14). God’s Word is true because He is truth. God’s Word is right because He is righteous. God’s Word is eternal because He is everlasting. God’s Word is trustworthy because He is faithful.
On days 4+5, we will look to Scriptures that support the fact that the Bible is not just another book, but the living Word of God, written by our all knowing and all powerful Father. Sadly, however, many Christians today, believe some form of the lie that the sixty-six books of the bible are not the true and complete Word of God. They hold to the notion that they can pick and choose passages, or books that seem “good” to them while ignoring the “obsolete” passages that obviously don’t apply to our current day and age. When this is done, in any form, God is made out to be a liar.
When a person says something like, “The Bible was written thousands of years ago, by men who had no idea what living in the 21st century would look like,” what they are really saying is (whether they realize it or not), “God, you were lying when You said, ‘I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’ (Isaiah 46:9-10). God, you were lying when You said, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). God, you were lying when You said, ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away'”(Matthew 24:35). God is not a liar, and “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that he should repent; has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
If you, or a believer you know, is doubting some aspect of the Bible, here are two questions to ask:
- Do you believe God is all knowing and all powerful?
- If yes, how is it possible for an all knowing and all powerful God to be unable to keep His Holy Word intact and accurate throughout the generations?
The answer is…it’s not possible, it doesn’t even make sense! God is the Creator of heaven and earth. Jesus Christ conquered death. He is the God of all mankind, nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:27)! God is powerful enough to protect and sustain His Holy and perfect Word; He always has, and He always will.
To Fulfill His Promises (Days 6-10)
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
Since God’s Word is faithful and true, we can trust and depend on every single promise found within the Bible. Our Father’s love for us is so abundant, that He tells us exactly what we need in order to thrive on this side of eternity. During days 6 +7, we are reassured not to worry about the things of this earth and urged rather to be heavenly minded. How are we to accomplish this? By submerging ourselves in the Word of God so that our perspectives change. When our minds are focused on God and who He is, we are able to find peace in the most difficult or unsure situations because we know that God is trustworthy, in any and everything, including being sovereign over our daily needs (Isaiah 26:3).
On day 8, we read about God’s promises concerning prayer in three different books of the bible. Now, some of these scriptures can sometimes confuse people since they seem to be contrary to their own personal experiences with prayer. For example, in Matthew 7:7 it says, “Ask, and it will be given to you.” However, often we don’t get exactly what we ask from God. The problem doesn’t lie with God being unfaithful to His promise, or a contradiction in Scripture, but rather a Scripture being taken out of context, or not understood in its entirety. Nowhere in scripture does God say that He will answer our prayers exactly how we would like Him to, and praise God for that!
If God isn’t answering a certain prayer exactly how we would like Him to, or as fast as we want, it is because He has something better for us! Before you move on to day 9 (where you’ll learn how to gain wisdom), take a few minutes and read Why God Doesn’t Seem to Answer Certain Prayers.
Now, five days is not even close to being enough time to cover all of God’s promises. The few we read about are the ones the Lord place on my heart to share, and the ones I think many of us struggle with. There are so many beautiful promises found throughout the Bible, be in your Bible every day so that you can learn them all! This section of the Bible reading plan comes to a close with the most comforting promise of all, that God will never leave us or forsake us. What promise could be greater than that?
During Our Trials (Days 11-15)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Over the past ten days, we’ve focused on God’s faithfulness in maintaining and keeping His Word and promises. What God says is truth, no matter the century, or season of life we may be in. However, often we make the mistake of assessing God’s character and faithfulness by what is currently going on in our own personal lives. When times are good, it’s easy to proclaim that God is good. When times aren’t so good, it can sometimes be hard to understand why a sovereign God would allow certain things to happen.
No matter what the cause of our trials, whether they are the effect of our own decisions, living in a sinful world, persecution, or a matter of timing or refinement, God’s sovereignty shouldn’t cause us to doubt His faithfulness, but rather fill us with peace and hope. Instead of looking to our surroundings to determine who God is, we need to intentionally remember all the ways and times God has delivered us (and our brothers and sisters) in the past.
Throughout the Scriptures, there are countless testimonies of real men and women who endured all different types of trials, but no matter the hardship, there was always a God ordained purpose for the hurt or pain that was experienced: “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined He also called, those He called He also justified, those He justified He also glorified. What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things” (Romans 8:28-32).
Just because we can’t imagine good coming from one of our trials, doesn’t mean it won’t be turned around for good: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Through the personal trials of the prophet Jeremiah (day 11), Abraham and Sarah (day 12), Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (day 14), and the scriptures we will read on day 13, we will be able to see how our sovereign God uses trials to bring His children back to Him, test and grow their faith and character, glorify Himself, or to bring others to the knowledge of the truth.
Nowhere in Scripture is anyone promised smooth sailing, free of any wind or storms. However, we are reassured (on day 15) that if we build our foundation on the Rock, by saturating ourselves in the Word of God daily, and calling out to Him in prayer, that when those inevitable storms come, He is faithful to sustain and deliver us. It is when we lean into God in the midst of our trials that we come out on the other side stronger in our faith, closer to God, and more sure of His faithfulness than ever before.
Even When We Are Not (Days 16-20)
“If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.” 2 Timothy 2:13
There is nothing any of us could do to lessen or increase God’s faithfulness. He is faithful because He is faithful; it is just who He is. Even though we are undeserving, He remains gracious and merciful. When we sin against or resist Him, He is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness. When we repent, He is quick to not only forgive us but to remember our sins no more. On days 16 + 17, we will read about how the prophet Jonah experienced all these facets (plus even more) of God’s faithfulness when he deliberately disobeyed God’s command to go preach in Ninevah.
Although Jonah rebelled against God, the Lord remained faithful to who He is. When Jonah was thrown off the boat, instead of letting him drown, God graciously intervened and delivered him from death in an unexpected way. Then, when Jonah became angry that God saved and forgave the people of Ninevah, God was faithful to who He is by being both patient and compassionate to Jonah’s limited understanding and perspective. In the book of Jonah, we will see how God not only delivered but offered second chances to both a rebellious prophet and a rebellious city.
After reading about Jonah’s rejection of God’s plan, we will then read about the apostle Peter denying Christ and his subsequent restoration on day 18. As you read Luke 22:60-62, I want you to put yourself in Peter’s shoes and imagine how you would have felt if Jesus looked you in the eyes as you were denying that you knew Him. The hours and days after that incident must have been agonizing and full of guilt and despair for Peter. But God was so faithful in His love, compassion, and willingness to forgive Peter, that when Christ rose the women at the tomb were instructed to go tell the disciples AND Peter that He had risen. Peter being specifically named and then later fully restored by Christ, was a gracious act of lovingkindness from the Lord.
Even though we are not always faithful to the words we say, or the promises we make (both to God and man) God always remains faithful to who He is! I am so grateful of who our God is, especially in those times when I haven’t been faithful in my own walk with Him. Oh, how thankful I am that His grace toward me is through my faith in Him, and not based on my works! On day 19, we will read of this exact grace and faithfulness. Then, on day 20, we close this month’s reading plan with a beautiful psalm, which praises God for His faithfulness and justice.
After 20 days of focusing on the faithfulness of God, I’m sure you’ll feel like singing praise to Him yourself. Here’s the perfect song to do just that:
To Get The Most Out Of Your Bible Reading Plan
- Every day before you start reading, ask the Lord to speak to you, draw you closer to Him, and for Him to reveal Himself to you through His Word.
- Don’t forget to share this month’s reading plan with friends and family, so you can discuss what you’re reading and learning with one another.
- Make sure to download the 20 day God Is Faithful Scripture Writing Plan. It includes 20 different Scriptures that complement and reinforce the God Is Faithful Bible Reading Plan. PLUS 3 outlined journal pages to write each Scripture on AND 4 hand picked Scriptures you can print out, hang on your mirror (or anywhere), meditate on, and memorize throughout each section of the study. Sign up below and I’ll send everything straight to your inbox!
A Little Reminder/Encouragement
This reading plan is by no means meant to replace your own study of the Bible, take the place of your women’s Bible study, or even church. If you want a deep meaningful relationship with God, you will need to be in His Word for more than 5-10 minutes a day. These mini topical studies are meant to be added to your current study of God’s Word, not a replacement.
Also, don’t give up or feel bad if you fall behind a day or two of the reading schedule! You’ll quickly be able to catch up and get back on track by bundling two days together. You can even bundle every two days together, and make this a 10 day reading plan instead of a 20 day one!