Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?
Hi everyone. It’s Phil again and today I would like to make a confession. Den and I have been working together closely on the site and the Bible Reading for quite a while now. He has obviously put a lot more time into the Bible Reading project than I have. He has written all of the overviews and other resources that we have provided in the Old Testament section and to do that he had to read, study his notes from bible college and various other reference materials to create the materials we have available here.
I had several procedures that took minimal time to get them online and ready for the people who would read along. My other responsibility, although mainly to myself was to become part of the group and read along. My preparation was acquiring a new KJV Bible and making sure that I put aside the time. I have never read the entire Old Testament and was looking forward to doing it for many reasons.
My confession is that I have not kept up with the Bible Reading. My intentions were all good in the beginning and for a while, I was able to make the time to keep my commitment to the Lord, to Den, to the project and to myself. Slowly but surely, like many things in my past I began procrastinating and finding excuses for not being able to find the time.
The further I got behind of course the worse it got. I found that I could’t catch up on Saturday (our day off) and the day I relied on in my mind as part of my justification on the day for not reading. Reading an extra 10 minutes a day was a futile alternative because I couldn’t keep the schedule in the first place. I did carry on reading but very little and not often enough. At some point, I just stopped trying. There was too much to catch up and so rather than trying I would carry on from where I was and make a feeble attempt to recover.
During this time Den never questioned where I was up to or how I was doing with it. I felt guilty about not telling him because he has worked so hard on it and I hadn’t even keep up with the easy bit. Then two weeks or so ago he asked. I felt terrible when I finally had to come clean but like a schoolboy who had to explain why he hadn’t done his homework I spit it out. Den didn’t seem surprised and I got it off my chest so in a way it was a relief.
It reminded me of Matthew 26:40
Then Jesus returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. “Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but thebody is weak.” 42A second time He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass unless I drink it, may Your will be done.”
So, I am going to try again! I am going to read along with the New Testament starting tomorrow. This time I am making a public declaration and my intentions are as they were at the beginning. The difference is that I have told you as well. Den is studying heavily over the next few days while he reads the Gospels and that gives me the opportunity to write here. What better way to keep myself accountable.
If you are in the same position as I am or if you never started in the beginning or you have never read the New Testament then I encourage you to join me. It is set up to take an average of 1 hour per day and there are 15 days of reading. Hopefully, some of you will and we can get through it together. If not then please keep me in your prayers and feel free to contact me to keep me on my toes.
God bless you!
For a copy of the schedule click here The New Testament – Reading Schedule
For the New Testament overviews please click here