If you’ve been a Christian for a while, then you’ve been told, encouraged, and even begged to read your Bible regularly, preferably every day. But you may not have been told why.
Here are four reasons to read your Bible regularly.
1. Reading the Bible Draws You Closer to God.
God reveals Himself to us in many ways, including the world around us. As Paul wrote, God’s “invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20, ESV).
But the primary way that God reveals Himself to us is through the Bible. The Old Testament shows us that God created us in His image, loves us, and, even though we rebelled – and continue to rebel – against Him, wants us to be reconciled to Him. Time and time again in the Old Testament, God demonstrates that he is patient with us and faithful in keeping His many promises to us.
The New Testament tells the story of Jesus and the early days of the Christian church. At the beginning and end of his gospel, the disciple John explains why the New Testament was written. He describes Jesus as the Word of God, who “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14, ESV). John and the other New Testament writers recorded some of what Jesus said and did so that, in reading it, “you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31, ESV).
The more you read the Bible, the better you get to know God. The better you know God, the more you want to communicate with Him and follow Him.
2. The Bible Is the Perfect Handbook for Daily Living.
David describes God’s Word as “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105, ESV). Whatever path you’re on, the Bible can show you the right steps to take. It’s the perfect how-to guide for living, for reasons that include:
- Wisdom: The Bible is loaded with wisdom. Solomon, who prayed for wisdom and used it to lead Israel, provides a wealth of sage advice in several Old Testament books. The Gospels records the teachings of Jesus, whom even critics consider a teacher without equal.
- Commandments: The Old Testament includes the Law, much of which is commandments on living a life that is pleasing to God. Many of Jesus’s parables gave a fresh perspective on these commandments to counter false interpretations that had arisen over time.
- Rationale: In addition to providing sound rules for living, the Bible explains why God gave us these rules.
- Consequences: Why should you follow God’s instructions? The Bible is loaded with stories of people who did or didn’t and the consequences of their actions.
In his second letter to Timothy, Paul writes that the entire Bible “is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV). Speaking of being equipped for good work…
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Source: Christian Post