Last week, we started a new blog series on why we should read the Bible. After all, life is busy. Many of us feel we are rooted enough in God’s word because we attend church regularly, perhaps even work in a ministry setting, or do His work on a frequent basis. As we noted last week, sometimes we think, after a lifetime as a churchgoer, surely we’ve heard all the stories in the Bible. We don’t need to keep reading it, we tell ourselves. We already know it.
But God wants us to read the Bible.
Today’s reason: Reading the Bible helps build up our relationship with God, drawing us closer to Him.
Knowing God is knowing His Word, and God is truly all we need. He created the universe and us, too, and He provides for us because He loves us. When we know His word intimately and offer up time to read it and store it in our hearts, we know Him better.
Jesus told the devil when they were in the wilderness, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
Indeed, God’s word gives us guidance and direction. As it says in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path,” and in Psalm 119:89, “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.”
Jesus says in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away,” and in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
In deepens our faith when we know God’s word. As the apostle Paul wrote to the early church in Rome, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17).
And as the apostle Peter wrote in his own letter, it helps us grow: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2-3).
Reading God’s word teaches us about Jesus. While God sent the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts as our advocate, helping us spread the Gospel when Jesus returned to heaven, none of us living today have met Jesus when he was a. man and walked this earth. But when we read the Bible, we get to know Jesus better through the stories told about Him.
Jesus told us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
The Scriptures “testify about me,” Jesus told the people (John 5:39).
And, as we read in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
In conclusion, we know God better when we know His word and fill our hearts with it.
Join us next week as we take a look at the next reason: to grow and help other believers grow.