Six great reasons to read your Bible today
Whether your Bible in a Year strategy has backfired or your daily Bible readings have simply dried up, now’s the time to get back on track.
It’s easy to put off reading the Bible with so many other distractions going on around us, but if we want to grow in our faith it’s really important that we get into God’s word as often as possible. There are countless reasons to get stuck in today, but here are six to get you going!
- It will show you the way. Psalm 119:105 says: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” It’s hard to see in the dark, isn’t it? It’ll be much easier to get where we’re going if we can see the path. Light is an important theme throughout the Bible – Jesus even described himself as the light of the world – so let’s switch it on by reading what God has to say to us today.
- It will keep you from sin. Psalm 119:11 says: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Hiding things isn’t always a good thing, but hiding the word is a great way to keep us from going against God’s commands. How will we be able to avoid sin if we don’t know what he requires of us? Hide his word in your heart, and – “Boo!” – it’ll jump back out at you just when you most need it.
- It will prosper you. Joshua 1:8 says: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Okay, so you may not necessarily be about to take the business world by storm (though perhaps that’s what God has for you…). God wanted to reassure Joshua that he would always be with him and give him the victory, so long as Joshua followed what was written in his word. The same applies today.
- It will give you discernment. Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” If you want to know what’s really in your heart and in the hearts of others, you’ll first need to understand what’s in God’s heart. And the only way to do that is to spend time in his Word and in his presence.
- It will equip you for everything. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We may not relish the idea of being corrected or rebuked – though these are necessary aspects of life – but I’m sure we’d all like to do some good in this world. Well, the Bible equips us for every good work, so what better place to start?
- It will cause you to thrive and be fruitful. Psalm 1:2-3 says:“But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” If you want to be well-watered and bear good fruit, you’ll need to meditate on God’s word. Remember that fruit doesn’t just benefit the tree; it mainly benefits those who eat it. We need to read the Bible so that we can minister to others.