I use McCheyne's Bible reading plan to read through the Bible every year. Highly recommend it.
I have noticed recently that in each of the four chapters I am reading that the different characters - all from different times in biblical history - are continually facing problems and difficulties like barrenness, critical and malicious leaders, tyrannical kings. And that's because they are doing God's will! This Christian life was never meant to be straightforward!
You can get McCheyne's plan here