Have you ever been in a crowded room, yet felt completely alone? Have you ever been surrounded by people, yet felt lonely and isolated? It’s easy to do and yet, truly, as Christians, we are never alone. God has promised over and over in his word that he is ALWAYS with us. Jesus said he would never leave us or forsake us. The enemy is the one who wants us to feel isolated and lonely. If he can get us wrapped up in that feeling, he knows we’ll be paralyzed and stop moving forward with the work God has called us to do.
I WILL BE WITH YOU
“Go back where I brought you from.” These are the words Jacob heard from God in Genesis 31. Can you imagine all that Jacob had been through up to this point? How God had blessed Jacob with the discovery of love, marriage, and family while walking the journey of faith. He was successful with skills in caring for livestock and God used those skills to make him a wealthy man. But now,Jacob’s family members are gossiping and grumbling about his success. God tells him to return to his homeland.
Only the reason Jacob left his homeland to begin with was because his own brother wanted to kill him. Who wants to go back home to face that scenario? Sounds like a little reality tv to me.
I love that God didn’t tell him “Go back to where you came from.” No, he says “Go back to where I brought you from.” You see, God wanted Jacob to remember that HE is the one who brought Jacob out of his homeland safely. And HE would be the one to return Jacob safely. He ultimately reminds him:
Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you. Genesis 31:38
I will be with you.
When life is as dysfunctional for us as it was for Jacob, there is one thing we can remember above all else. God is with us. He has never left us alone and he is ALWAYS with us.
You are never alone. What if you took a month to focus on God’s promises that he is always with you and never leaves you? I can’t wait to see how the May Bible Reading Challenge encourages our hearts!
NEVER ALONE BIBLE READING CHALLENGE
Welcome to the Never Alone Bible reading challenge! If you’ve never joined a Bible reading challenge here before, each day we follow the plan and read the passage. You can share what you are learning on social media or just keep it between you and God. My goal through the reading is to draw closer to Jesus, and I want that for you too!
For this month, we will use the hashtags #neveralone and #biblereading. Almost every day, I post on Instagram or Facebook about what I’m learning through the passages and sometimes I post the Bible journaling pages I work on throughout the study.
On Fridays, I post a summary of what I learned through the week here on the blog and invite you to share what God is teaching you in the comments.
ABOUT THE BIBLE READING PLAN AND JOURNAL
Last November, God began working in my heart to step the monthly Bible Reading Challenge up another notch. Personally the Lord has convinced me that soaking in his word each day is the best soul treatment I could possibly encounter. So while our community has completed Bible reading challenges for several years, I knew God was asking me to provide a stronger tool than the simple Bible reading plan I offer each month.
As a result, I created a Bible reading plan and journal combination. This tool is designed to provide a topical theme to a month of Bible reading passages. Topical Bible reading plans are great for folks looking to study a certain subject in the Bible. They are also great for new Christians who aren’t sure where or how to get started reading their Bible on a regular basis.This is what one of our readers wrote about the Perfect Peace journal we worked through in March:
This is my third Bible plan and journal. Perfect Peace came at a time when I needed peace in my life! As always through this study God showed me just what I needed. I will continue with these wonderful daily studies as long as they are available.
I truly long to provide practical, spiritual resources because I know that is a work God has called me to do. So these journals are one page a day- something the average person can complete within a reasonable span of time. If you’re looking for an in-depth Bible study, these slim Bible study guides may not be the right fit for you. (Check out this FREE video Bible study for more depth!) I designed these particular Bible reading plans and journals to be doable on a consistent, daily basis.
I mean, what would happen if you enjoyed a beautiful buffet, but that was the only time you ate all week? You’d be hungry, right?
NEVER ALONE BIBLE READING PLAN & JOURNAL
1. Genesis 28:13-19
2. Matthew 28:16-20
3. Isaiah 41:1-10
4. Joshua 1:1-9
5. Psalm 23:1-6
6. Jeremiah 23:23-30
7. Matthew 18:15-20
8. Deuteronomy 31:1-8
9. Matthew 1:20-25
10. Exodus 33:11-23
11. 1 Chronicles 17:1-8
12. Psalm 73:21-28
13. Deuteronomy 2:1-7
14. Judges 6:6-16
15. Psalm 139:1-12
16. Psalm 139:13-24
17. Jeremiah 1:1-8
18. Jeremiah 1:9-19
19. Deuteronomy 20:1-4
20. Psalm 36:1-12
21. Isaiah 43:1-7
22. 2 Kings 6:8-18
23. Psalm 46:1-11
24. 2 Chronicles 32:1-8
25. Deuteronomy 4:29-40
26. 1 Kings 8:54-61
27. Psalm 16:1-11
28. Zephaniah 3:14-20
29. 1 John 3:18-24
30. Psalm 72:12-20
31. Psalm 27:1-10
Just screenshot the graphic to your smartphone and mark it as a favorite for easy daily access. For a simple printable copy, click on the graphic or HERE and print out two copies of the Bible reading plan. Share one with a friend!
I am looking forward to become more aware that the Lord is WITH ME each day this month! Thank you so much for encouraging me to dig into God’s Word each and every month as we continue to learn his word and apply it in our daily lives.
Who’s in for the challenge? We begin May 1st!
By his grace,