PROVERBS DAY #4: WHY SHOULD I READ THE BIBLE?
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:20-23).
Sometimes people wonder – why should I read the Bible? Is it merely some religious duty that I must perform in order to get God to love me more? No, of course not. God loves us totally, completely and unconditionally, and nothing we can do will ever make God love us more… or less. So what is the purpose of reading the Bible then? When we hide God’s Word in our hearts, it gives us life and health. Wow! But there are many other wonderful benefits to reading the Bible as well. Here are just a couple of them:
You will be blessed.
“Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord.” (Psalm 119:1, AMP).
Do you want to experience the abundant life that Jesus offers? If you read God’s Word, get it into your heart, and work it out in your life, God will bless you. The Lord’s promise to Joshua applies to us today: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8). If you want to prosper and be successful in your life, obey God’s Word.
God’s Word will make you pure.
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:9,11).
Do you have a hard time saying no to sin? Do you struggle with temptations? Do you find yourself doing things you don’t want to do? God’s Word is the antidote to our struggle with sin! When we hide God’s Word in our hearts, it helps us to keep from sinning against God. The Word of God is powerful, and it can give us the ability to resist temptation. Not only does the Bible teach us what is right and wrong, but the living Word in our hearts empowers us to live victoriously over sin.
These are just some of the many benefits that Bible study will bring into your life. Psalm 119 tells us that the Bible will show us miraculous things (verse 18), revive us (v. 25), enlarge our hearts (v. 32), comfort us (v. 50), give us understanding (v. 104), give us wisdom and direction (v. 105) and more. The bottom line is that living by the book will change your life.
TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS CHAPTER FOUR.
Pastor Chris Jordan