Many people make a resolution in the New Year to be more intentional, more diligent, more zealous for daily Bible reading. And God bless them in their desire and effort to be deeply in God’s Word! What is their point? Why immerse ourselves deeply in God’s Word? Here is the great news about the Bible:
The Bible is not simply an historical account or a literary masterpiece; it is the witness to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and it presents the Deus loquens, the God who uses the Bible to speak to us today. God Himself works through the means of His grace today just as He worked through the prophetic and apostolic preaching. Today again the good news is proclaimed by a preacher standing in obedience to the Word, and it is heard by a congregation that is also dependent on this Word. — Ernest Koenker, Worship in Word and Sacrament, p. 25.