The annual Proverbs challange
This may be my favourite Bible study activity to do.
My husband first heard Louis Giglio talking about this and after having a go I found it both a convicting and encouraging challenge.
Its very simple. Proverbs has 31 chapters, that's one for each day of the month. So once a year take a month and read one chapter a day. At the end of each chapter have a think about the verse that stands out the most. Only one. This verse should challenge, convict, inspire, remind, equip or restore you. Write it out on a piece of paper and keep doing this until you get to the end of the month. Then have a look at your list. What is God trying to say to you?
What does your list tell you about where you are in your life at the moment? The challenges you are facing, the areas of your life and self that you wish God to work on. Now pray in to them, re read them and absorb them, putting them into practice in your everyday life.
Next year, do it all again.
- Proverbs are to the point and very rarely sugar coated. They are a fast and to the point reminder of who we are in God and what is expected from us. An annual reminder of this will always be worth while.
- Make sure to keep last years safe and once you have done this years go back and read last years again. Enjoy comparing the difference. As you grow and your life moves on you will see your growth and change in priorities through the verses you've picked.
- Make it social. Do this on your own but side by side with someone you trust. Maybe your other half, a friend, or even Bible study group. then come together at the end and go through them together. Talk about why you chose the verses you did and the implications of these on your life or a current situation your facing. Listen as they tell you theirs and then pray together encouraging each other to take these verses and apply them.
This really is a great little Bible study that doesn't take long out of your day and can be done along side your other studies. Its just one month a year and I really would encourage you to take up the challenge and I promise God will come along side you.