This will be my first year reading a devotional along with my daily Bible readings. The devotional I chose is For the Love of God, Volume One by D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Carson does not focus on just the inner life, as so many devotionals do, but he seeks, through the course of reading through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in the year, to bring greater understanding of Scripture in its context, i.e., draw the “big picture” Scripture paints; to point out the nature and character of the God of the Bible (thus drawing a distinction between Him and the God of popular culture or convenience); to illuminate how the God of the Bible works in the world and in the lives of those who love Him. It is a devotional which lays the foundation of the biblical worldview.
Today I read Genesis 1 and Matthew 1, and Carson wrote on the beginnings that these two chapters relate, but also what the foundational chapter of Genesis 1 teaches us about the nature and characteristics of God. I think it will be a good year.