Many people know some stories from the Bible but do not know the Bible’s story.
Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years or are just starting out, one of the great dangers you face is the real possibility of missing the forest for the trees.
But once you begin to see the Bible as one story that begins with two people in a garden, ends with a vast crowd of people in a city, and all along the way points to Jesus Christ, God’s Word will be wonderfully unlocked for you.
For years I’ve been encouraging people to read through the Bible in order to grasp the big picture of the Bible’s story line. I first gave a series of eighty messages through the Old and New Testaments at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, which were later adapted by Moody Publishers into four volumes called Unlocking the Bible Story.
In this devotional, I’ve collected and arranged that material—and added some fresh insights—so that it can most profitably be read over the course of one year.
As you get started, you’ll notice that you can travel either by date (January 1, January 2, etc.) or by day (Day 1, Day 2, etc.). I encourage you, whatever the date today, to start at the beginning with Day 1.
As with any good story, the Author has left clues at the beginning that will help you to understand what is happening (and why it’s happening) later on.
Starting with Day1 will help you better understand and more fully appreciate each part of the story so that you can see how it all fits together.
Welcome to the journey!