One year ago, on January 1, 2010, I launched the Matthew Henry Commentary Challenge. It was aimed at encouraging Christians to take up his famous devotional commentary on the Bible and read through it, or as much as each person felt able to do so. After one year of reading, I am pausing to take stock of where I am and what has been gained.
As of July 1, 2010, I had read through Numbers 21. Now, as of December 31, 2010, I have read through 1 Chronicles 29. Progress has been slow but steady, and the pace of 1 or more chapters per day has worked for me, allowing me the opportunity to meditate upon that which I read. Each day's reading has given me food for thought, and I have grown in my understanding of God's Word. I have tried to pass along some bits of wisdom here and there, as well as some historical context, as I have had opportunity, but much that I read I am still digesting and aiming, by God's grace, to put into practice.
Of those who began the Challenge with me, some have discontinued the reading, while others have persevered, and others have picked up the commentary and read along according to their time and interest. I am thankful for all, because even reading a little Matthew Henry is, I am sure, a blessing to the reader. I am especially appreciative of all those who have posted Matthew Henry gems on the Facebook page to share with others. Most particularly, my friend Stefanie D. has been a real encouragement to us all in her diligent efforts and with respect to all the gems she has shared.
It's not too late. If you have an interest in reading along but find the prospect of reading it all overwhelming, simply pick it up and start where you like in 2011. Read as you can, and you too will be blessed.
I plan to keep reading as the Lord gives me the ability. Happy New Year (read here for New Year's thoughts from Matthew Henry and his father Philip), dear readers, and may the Lord bless each of you in the coming year and beyond.