Several forms of counsel are competing for our attention and devotion. Let’s see, we have news headlines and celebrity tweets. We have self-help books and DIY articles written by the experts. Then we have talks shows, reality TV, Facebook and yes, blogs! Everywhere we look, there are opportunities to be helped, encouraged, or influenced in some way. With all of these options readily available, why read the Bible?
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
After considering this question, I settled on four core reasons that have driven me to the Word of God time and time again. I would like to share them with you. Whether you are a seasoned mature Christian looking for a refreshing reminder to stay the course or get on course, a new believer trying to understand why Bible reading is a topic of discussion at all, or a non-believer curious as to why those who do believe in the Bible choose to make reading it and applying its principles a priority, I’d like for you to consider the following:
- Reading the Word of God is a way of communing with God. It’s our chance to share intimate thoughts or feelings with God and feel close spiritual contact with Him. We are in a position to be enlightened, empowered, and equipped to carry on in life.
- Reading the Word of God is learning doctrine. Doctrine is a collection of beliefs about a particular subject. Getting to know God is a subject of great importance to someone dedicated to pleasing Him. Communing with God through daily Bible reading helps to ensure that we embrace the right doctrine. In an article about the importance of the Bible, Dane C. Ortlund explains how a faulty doctrine leads to a faulty view of God. A faulty view of God limits our potential for experiencing joy, being comforted, and delighting in the gospel of grace.
- Reading the Word of God is like heeding traffic signs. It reminds us to slow down, stop, look both ways, and then move forward as opposed to speeding through life’s intersections with no sense of order or direction.
- Reading the Word of God is like feeding our bodies. We need physical nourishment to produce the energy we use throughout the day. Bible reading creates stored energy that we are at liberty to withdraw from as we go about our day striving to carry out the order and direction His Word reveals to us.
So what happens to us when we choose to experience these benefits of daily time in the Bible?
Transformation happens. More specifically we begin to notice a change in our character, condition, and nature. News headlines, self-help books, DIY articles, talk and reality TV shows, and celebrity tweets all have their place. However, their place is not to productively facilitate any of the aforementioned changes in our lives. These sources may be entertaining, thought-provoking, and informative. But they are not intended to serve as a Christian’s source of communion, doctrine, direction, or energy. Those needs are designed to be met through the study of the Word of God and the practice of its precepts in our lives.
God is the transformer and His Word is an instrument used in this lifelong process. When we embrace His Word, we embrace Him. When we embrace Him, we embrace His Word. We are changed. We are no longer the same.
Below are a few links and ideas I have found helpful to keep up a consistent experience with the Word of God:
- First5.org – This app really changed the way I spend the first 5 minutes of my day.
- Block out 15 minutes (or more) of your day and dedicate that time to reading the latest scripture you heard taught or preached at church, on the radio, or through social media (i.e. Thursday’s Thirst QuencHER) 😉. Then spend some time praying about and journaling the thoughts that come to mind.
That being said, this is my prayer for each woman out there: “Lord, Transform HER with a Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”