20 Exciting Reasons to Read the Bible

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

If the Bible seems boring to you, or if you lack motivation to read it, it's time to take a look at what God's Word says about itself.

Why should I read the Bible? Why should I study the Bible?

Some say, “I just don’t have a desire to read the Bible.” Or “I find the Bible boring.”

Friends, if the Bible doesn’t affect you, if you find it boring, if you don’t think you need it… TRY AGAIN!

Reading the Bible is About A Relationship

When you approach the Word of God with expectation, with a heart desiring to know the Author, with a hunger for the sweet taste and richness that is found within those pages… you will not be disappointed.

The Bible is God’s Word. It is God’s Word TO YOU. More than that, the Bible is the means by which we really get to know Jesus. If you want to have a real, living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, digging into the Bible is how that relationship will grow.

Wield The Word was created out of my passion for the Bible. Without it, I would not be here today. It is literally life to me.

Why Should I Read the Bible?

I’ve limited this post to 20 reasons to read the Bible, but there are so many more! The Bible is the living and active Word of God. It is more than a book – it lives, it acts, it changes things. The Bible has power.

We all have our own reasons for reading God’s Word. That’s why I started the Women Wielding the Word series – to share the unique stories of different women, how they read and apply God’s Word to their lives, and how it has impacted them. Real-life stories can inspire us.

But we need more than someone else’s experience to motivate us to read God’s Word for ourselves. We need Truth. And the best source of Truth is the Bible!

What the Bible Says About Itself

The Bible has a lot to say about itself! As you read through this list of Truths about God’s Word, I pray it stirs up a renewed desire in your heart to experience it for yourself.

The Bible is God’s Word

The #1 reason to read the Bible is because it is literally the words of God.

When you want to develop a relationship with someone, when you want to get to know them, you listen to them. You hear their words. You find out about their history, what excites them, what they love and what they hate. The Bible makes it possible for us to get to know God – the Creator of the Universe!

  • It is breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:16).
  • It is God’s word to man by the Holy Spirit, not man’s words (John 6:63; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Peter 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
  • It will stand forever, eternal, everlasting and unchanging (Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:25).
  • It is living and active (Hebrews 4:12).
  • It is a seed that, when planted in rich soil, produces plentiful fruit (Luke 8:4-17; Isaiah 55:10-11).
  • It is truth (Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalm 19:9; John 17:17).
  • It is more desirable than much fine gold and sweeter than honey (Psalm 19:10).
  • It is the nourishment by which we live (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3)
  • It is light and cannot be overcome by darkness (John 1:4).
  • It is the sword of the Spirit, our only weapon for battle (Ephesians 6:17).
  • It will accomplish and succeed in the purpose for which God sent it. It is infallible (Numbers 23:29; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 5:18).

What the Bible Does For Us

The Bible teaches and instructs us in how to live our lives to the glory of God. It is filled with wisdom for real life today and lessons we can learn from history. It reveals the Truth about who we are and who God is. Knowing God’s Word gives us discernment. It guides and directs us in how we should live – in our decision-making, our response to any situation, how we relate to people, and how we view the world in which we live.

  • The Bible was written to encourage us and to give us hope (Romans 15:4).
  • It was written for our instruction (Romans 15:4).
  • It is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).
  • It keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11).
  • It restores and revives the soul (Psalm 19:7).
  • It gives wisdom (Psalm 19:7; 2 Peter 3:15).
  • It warns us (Psalm 19:11).
  • It is able to save our souls (James 1:21).
  • It is healing (Proverbs 4:22).

Wielding the Word

Reading the Bible is a great start. But knowing what to do with what we read is better. This blog got its name from Ephesians 6:17 and James 1:22. We are called to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only”. God’s intention in giving us His Word was that we would do something with it. We are to apply it to our lives and use it as our most powerful weapon in the continual spiritual battle we face daily.

As we read it, understand it, learn to apply it and wield it well, we experience the great reward it promises. We are empowered by it. We are changed by it. We are guided by it. It sustains us, heals us, restores, revives, and renews us.

There’s Even More!

This post is by no means an exhaustive list! The Bible has much more to say about itself, and I could go on for days telling you reasons to spend time in it.

Why do you read the Bible? What motivates you? What Truths about the Bible have impacted you the most? What encourages you in your study of God’s Word?

32 Responses

  1. My motives for reading the Bible reflect yours, Jana! I find it so interesting and life-giving. I truly believe that if I had not made my time with God in His word my daily habit and all-day-long reservoir, I would have likely divorced my husband years ago! My heart was so damaged when I went into marriage and became harder and harder through the hard times we had as a couple. But through God’s refining word, He softened my heart and opened my eyes to how “I” need to live each day, rather than focusing on how my husband should live! Lol! In the meantime, God used my softened heart to do the same for my hubby! I’m grateful for your post and the all the ways you’ve pointed out and counted for us to read God’s word, my friend! It’s truly a treasure chest that we never need to ignore or leave idle in our lives! I’ll be pinning!

    1. Oh, my friend, how I can relate to all you’ve shared here! I, too, have had seasons of a hardened heart in our marriage. But by the grace of God, as I got into His Word, He changed me from the inside out – and that’s a continuing, ongoing process! There is a tremendous weight lifted off our shoulders when we can accept that we are only responsible for our own relationship with Christ. *He* does the work in the hearts of our loved ones. Thanks for sharing your heart and thanks for sharing this post, Beth!

  2. These are such powerful truths!
    One good thing about reading the Bible is for protection from lies about God’s word or will. When I learn the truth for myself, alarm bells go off if someone tries to teach a half-truth about faith. It’s better to know the source yourself than trust someone implicitly to interpret Him for you!

    1. Yes! Discernment is developed as we become more and more familiar with what is True. The better we know Truth, the quicker and more easily we can spot a lie. Excellent point, Katrina!

  3. Great list of reasons! I love the power in the Bible and how even when we read passages we’ve read many times before God can still speak to us in new ways.

    1. YES! I love that, too! Whenever someone tells me they don’t need to read the Bible again because they’ve already read it once, I have to make sure I don’t let my jaw drop to the floor. I think, “BUT THERE’S SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!” It never ceases to amaze me how much more I can glean from it every time I come back to it. It’s one of my favorite aspects of God’s Word.

  4. Such important truths! I can’t imagine what my life would be like if God had not intervened and saved me. He saves and changes us through His Word. Like so many of you, I was going my own way, trying to do marriage my way, raise my kids my way. But God in His mercy continues to show me His way … all through His Word.

    1. Yes, Donna, His Word is active. I hate to think about what kind of wife and mom (and daughter and friend and employee and neighbor) I’d be without it. I still have so much to learn and am definitely a work in progress! Praise God for His Word and transforming power!

  5. I pick up my Bible each day because a conversation is not just talking it is also listening, and I hear God speak through His Word. A relationship takes time and effort and I want my relationship with the Lord to be closer and more personal each day!
    Great post! I love the list! I am doing a series for new believers and want to link this in my next post. I think it will be a great addition. Many Thanks 8)

    1. I love what you’ve shared here, Debra Jean. Taking time to listen – in all relationships – is so important. I’m glad you enjoyed this post and I’m delighted you want to share it. Send me a message when your post goes up and I’ll visit!

  6. Your wielding the word series sounds similar to the Women of the Word Series on my blog. The Bible is the original source book with the ability to be alive and change lives. God’s word has never failed me.

    Stopping by from a linkup.

  7. So good! I pray almost daily for myself and my kids that we would have a love for the Word of God. He helps us crave the Bible if we ask him!

  8. I love all the reasons and benefits you’ve shared about reading God’s Word. This post is a perfect compliment to a log post I wrote this week. I’m going to share it on n my FB page.

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