Why should we read the Bible?
"Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do." - Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
As Christians, we all ponder on this question at some point. Specifically when we are tired, running late, busy or all of the above.
We see our bible on our nightstand waiting to be read and wonder, "What's the big deal about reading my bible anyways?"
"Does it really even matter that much?"
Yes, it does matter... a lot.
Remember this: The bible is God's primary way of talking to you. That's a conversation you don't want to miss.
If God is going to speak to you, it is likely going to be through His written Word - AKA the Bible. It is vital to not forgo bible reading for that reason.
Unfortunately though, daily bible reading has developed a poor reputation. Especially with the last generation or so. It is seen as a mere religious practice rather than a key communication avenue with your awesome God!
Many people just read the bible because some pastor or parent told them too. So, in hopes of pleasing that person and doing what is right, they attempt to read it without any understanding as to why they should in the first place.
Eventually resulting in a very unproductive quiet time or none at all because they gave up on it.
We have to know why we do something to have any sort of passion in practicing it.
Spiritually speaking, reading the bible is how we hear God's voice. Practically, there are many reasons to read the bible. Here are three:
1. The Bible helps us find answers to questions about our Faith. God's Word provides us with clarity for things we might be unsure of.
If you're wondering if getting drunk is a sin, check out Ephesians 5:18. If you are curious about whether or not God still loves you after a mistake or two, read Romans 5:8. If you need to know what the bible says about sex outside of marriage, give 1 Cor. 6:18-20 a look.
2. The Bible keeps us from making as many mistakes. To be clear, you will never be perfect - at least not until you get to Heaven! But, you can improve your behavior to better honor God and reading the bible is a prime way to do that.
Daily bible reading acts as a mirror. It shows us God's standard and reveals our sins and shortcomings.
Pretty tough to continue watching porn when you're consistently reading about how you should FLEE from sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6:18).
3. The Bible fixes our focus on the main thing. Reading the bible regularly keeps you grounded and going after the right things in life. What are the right things in life? Anything that glorifies God.
You will find yourself less concerned with sports, people issues, grades and more worried about honoring God in every facet of your life. The consistent consumption of Christian content corrects our focus.
In sum, do not forsake your bible readings. It is one of the most important things you can do to stay in step with what God has for you in this life and the next!