Sometimes we get so caught up in daily life, even when we are actively involved in prayer, worship, and doing God’s work in the world, that we don’t make time for Bible reading.
“Why should I read the Bible?” we ask. Perhaps we think it’s not important, or we don’t like to read, or we think we are rooted deeply enough in the Word after a lifetime of regular church attendance and surely have heard all the stories in the Bible after such a long time.
But there are some very good reasons for reading the Bible. More importantly, God wants us to read the Bible—that’s why He gave it to us. This month, we’ll explore some of these reasons to help encourage you in your own Bible-reading journey.
Today’s reason: Reading the Bible guards against false teaching and points you to the truth.
A guard against falsehoods
God knew there were a number of false teachers, leaders, and spirits looking to sway His people from the truth. Jesus reminds us of this in the Gospel of Matthew when He says, “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it’” (Matthew 24:24-26 NIV).
And in 1 John 4, the apostle John warns us, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world” (v. 1-3).
Steering us to the truth
But when we walk in God and tuck His word into our hearts, He steers us to the truth.
Proverbs 2:6 tells us, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
God’s word has existed since the beginning of time. As the Gospel of John begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1-5).
The apostle Paul writes “to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).
When we have that truth in our hearts, it becomes a stronghold, guarding us against lies and deceit. It’s part of the armor God provides to His people—protection against the forces of evil that threaten to win the war between good and evil (Ephesians 6:10-20).
Join us next week as we take a look at the next reason: Getting closer to God.