I have been pondering God’s word, and the older I grow the more I love His word and find myself becoming more and more dependent upon God and my Bible.
Current research reveals that Christian young people do not read and study their Bible as older generations did. Our knowledge of God’s word is slipping and our culture and society are losing their way.
The problem with a poor knowledge of God’s word is that our culture defines us and our values and not the Bible.
When we read and study the Bible then we can begin to speak into the culture and seek to shape the culture according to God’s standard. However, what I find is happening is that the culture is shaping our understanding of God’s Word because we read the Bible through the eyes of our culture. I meet many people who call themselves Christians, but they do not conduct their lives according to biblical standards. In my view, that is because they have a poor to no understanding of the Bible.
My deepest prayer is that in the next number of years there will be a clarion call to read and to study God’s word. I may sound old fashioned but I do believe that Jesus is the hope of our world and we get to know Him when we read the bible. We need to get back to reading, studying, and applying God’s word to our lives on a daily basis.
Here are 9 simple reasons why I read my Bible every day:
- I become more acquainted with Jesus
The more I read the Bible the deeper the insight I have into Jesus. I get to know Him more intensely through the pages of His word and He challenges me on a daily basis to be more like Him. The more I read the bible the more I want to be like Jesus.
2. His word gives me hope in every situation
No matter what confronts me, I have this certain hope that God is with me and He will see me through. His word anchors me in the storms of life and gives me courage when my own strength is failing. His word tells me in Colossians 1:17: “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” There are days I really need to cling to His promises! When things seem to be collapsing around me I remind myself of these words in His book.
3. His word gives me peace
In the midst of some of the most challenging times in my life the bible has given me a peace “that passes all understanding.” Jesus said to His disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives.” God’s peace is something so special that it actually surpasses our understanding.
4. His word deals with sin in my life
The Bible confronts sin head on. When I read God’s word I become acutely aware of where I am failing and sinning and I know I have to deal with those areas of my life. In God’s own gentle way He prods me to repent of my sin.
5. His word gives me direction
When I read the book of Proverbs, and many of the Psalms I see how God orders my steps. If I need wisdom and direction for a situation I find God’s word enlightening. He orders my steps and that gives me security.
6. His word encourages me to grow
As I get to know Jesus through the Bible He encourages me to grow in my spiritual walk. I don’t want to be in the same place I was this time last year. I want my faith to grow and I want to learn to depend more and more upon Jesus.
7. His word helps me in all my relationships
I only need to read the Bible to discover how much wisdom I can gain for navigating my relationships.
8. His word teaches me how to pray
I love to spend time talking to God, telling Him how great He is, how much I love Him and need Him. I read the Bible and it shows me how to pray.
9. His word makes me love Him more
The more I read the Bible, the more I love my Jesus.
So my friend, these are the reasons why I read my Bible every day. There is simply no better way to start your day than reading God’s precious word. I encourage you today; start reading God’s word —it will enrich you at every level.