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."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." Click To Tweet
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."God's intention in giving us His Word was that we would do something with it." What are we supposed to do with it? Read more at Wield The Word. Click To Tweet
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.
I want to hear from you!
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? Please share in the comments. Let’s encourage each other in this!
Our next monthly email newsletter includes a 30-Day Bible Reading Challenge on Who We Are in Christ! A simple plan with a short passage to read each day, and options to take more time and go deeper. Don’t miss it! Subscribe today!
To visit some of the other places online where I might be sharing this post, click here.