Photo Above: (Trolltunga) Odda, Norway. Photographer: Visionfez
Three Reasons to Read Your Bible:
For the Christian it may seem pretty obvious the reason we read God’s word. But there is nothing wrong with going over the reasons why we do it again.
We read God’s word because:
We learn who God is.
The Bible shows God’s character. God chooses to reveal himself not through a list of rules, or statements describing himself, He instead reveals himself primarily through true stories in History. It is through these stories we learn whom we serve.
We learn who we are, and who we are called to be.
The Bible paints us a picture of all kinds people, good and bad, heroic and cowardly. We see how God reinstates the prodigal son, we see Jesus using stubborn disciples, we see God choosing to use a prostitute to forward His Kingdom, we see God using a self proclaimed coward to be a military general. We see that God delights to use the weak to confound the wise. We see our weaknesses in the scriptures, and then we see How God can even use those weaknesses for His Kingdom.
There is power in the word of God.
The Holy Spirit inspired the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 states that the “Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The scriptures are the primary instrument the Holy Spirit uses to convict us of sin, and to encourage us to be more like Christ. The scriptures are also able to help us to withstand temptation. Jesus, when tempted by Satan, didn’t sit back idle, He proclaimed the Scriptures against the accuser.
Questions to think about:
-Do I read the Bible? If not, why not?
-Why do I read the Bible? Is it just to check off a box on your Christian duty list?
-Do you really believe the scriptures can change you?