If you know anything about me, you know I absolutely adore the Word of God. But it hasn’t always been this way. Even though I have been a believer for about 40 years, I only started reading my Bible regularly about 4-5 years ago. For most of my adult life, I believed the Bible was boring, hard to read, and mostly, that it wasn’t worth my time because it just couldn’t possibly be relevant. I now know that all of those assumptions are false. More than assumptions, they are LIES I was believing that were keeping me from something that the enemy knew would make me a stronger, more effective follower of Christ AND of course deepen my relationship with Him.
While I am grateful that my eyes were finally opened to the truth, I’m sad that so many believers are living the way I did for so long–totally unaware of the power and joy that comes from knowing God more personally through His Word and the blessings that come from obedience to it. That’s why I wanted to share this list of four primary reasons I believe we MUST read our Bibles every single day.
- For Instruction. God’s Word instructs me in the basic principles of the Christian life. It tells me how God wants me to live so that I stay on the right path and experience the very best He has to offer. I’d say the Bible is much like a “User’s Manual” for believers. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.” That’s exactly what it is. It tells us how we should behave, speak, think, pray, treat others, respond to trials, and LOTS of other important things that we can’t afford not to know if we want our lives to be happy and point others to the hope that is in Christ. I actually stumbled across James 1:25 this morning and I think it PERFECTLY illustrates what I am saying: “But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.“
- To understand the character of God. Reading stories of God’s faithfulness displayed in the lives of people like Adam & Eve, Joseph, Nehemiah, David, Moses, and many others shows us how God likes to do extraordinary things through ordinary people like us. (I used to think the Bible was full of stories that were really just for kids in Sunday School, but now I know that they are in Scripture to teach us about God–what He’s like, how He works…what He’s capable of doing in the lives of those who are surrendered to Him). Having a basic understanding of the ways of God and His commitment to me gives me confidence, helping me feel better equipped to step out in faith when He calls me to do something. 1 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
- To see myself as I really am–the way God sees me. This sinful world we live in is full of lies and distractions and everyday we are bombarded by its mixed messages. We either feel inadequate because of comparison to others or we become prideful because of praise and applause we may receive. Well God’s Word is like a mirror that helps us see most clearly who we are. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” The Bible convicts us of hidden sin, shows us our need for a Savior but it also teaches us that we are so deeply loved, so precious to God, He sacrificed His only Son for us. He forgives our sins. He even delights in us! I can trust the Bible to tell me exactly who I am in Christ.
- It is the primary way God speaks to me. This is probably the reason I am most drawn to the Word of God. Not only does God directly answer my prayers and questions through Scripture, He also uses it to confirm things He’s previously put on my heart. He is so faithful to bring specific Scripture to mind when I need direction, peace, wisdom, etc. Every time He leads me to a passage of Scripture in response to something I have prayed about, my faith is increased. And God becomes more and more real to me! Romans 10:17 says “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Which one of these reasons most speaks to your heart? I’d love to know!