Like you, I’m sure, there are several things I like to do every New Year.  First on my list is to re-assess my Bible reading.  Your disciplines certainly will point like a compass.  I think it was Mike Murdock who said, “Show me a man’s daily habits and I will tell you his destiny.”

One can’t say enough regarding the importance of daily Bible reading.

I enjoy picking up a new version of the Bible, or one I have not spent much time with, and using it in my daily reading.  The familiar verses become fresh again, and new insights crop up from time to time.

This year I’ve decided to spend more time in the English Standard Version (ESV).  This morning I encountered some wonderful insight into Hebrews 4:2.

The King James Version (KJV) and the ESV differ widely on this verse — the former emphasizing that you must add personal faith to the hearing of God’s Word, while the ESV reveals how the Greek language emphasizes that “the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.”

The Amplified version leans to the ESV, adding these interesting remarks: “… neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).”

By using a new Bible translation I’ve encountered wonderful insights like this one, which greatly enriches my understanding of God’s Word.