TO GIVE US HIMSELF
People read the Bible for a variety of reasons. Sosme read it looking for information about God or about themselves. People will read it looking for facts about history or about how to live successfully. They can find all these things in the Bible, but this is not the primary reason why God gave us His Word.
When we read the Bible as God intended, we will not see just words on a page. We will see the great and almighty God stooping low to look us in the eye or whisper in our ear.
God’s chief purpose in giving us the Bible was not to give us information – but to give us Himself!
Unfortunately, many Christians ignore, or take lightly, this incredible eternal revelation called “The Bible”. Too many leaders become so busy with the demands of ministry that they neglect this precious resource. Others are simply slothful or undisciplined.
Some believers, however, have never received practical instruction on how to read and study the Bible for all it’s worth. This chapter will focus on how to practically develop a solid life-changing Bible-reading habit.
WHY SHOULD WE READ THE BIBLE?
A. THE SCRIPTURES EXHORT US TO DO SO.
Joshua is told by God, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
The Psalmist declared, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps 119:11).
The great prophet Isaiah exhorted us to “Search from the book of the Lord and read” (Is 34:16).
Paul tells Timothy, “Till I come, give attention to reading [the Scriptures], to exhortation, to doctrine . . . Meditate on these things: give yourself entirely to them” (I Tim 4:13,15).
And again Paul exhorts Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Tim 2:15 KJV).
To the church at Colossae, Paul writes, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Col 3:16).
And Luke, in writing the book of Acts, commended the Berean Jews for being “more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).
Since God is a God who desires to reveal Himself, He has not remained silent. From creation, all down through history, God has revealed Himself by speaking. All of God’s great purposes and plans for mankind are revealed only in the written Word, “The Bible”.
But there is a second great reason why we should study the Bible:
B. THE BIBLE IS A TREASURE-STORE OF WEALTH FOR OUR DAILY NEEDS
If we devote ourselves to a consistent, daily study of God’s Word, we will reap a tremendous harvest. This harvest will be multifold. We will see it at a personal level, in our family, and then in the fruitfulness of the ministry God has entrusted to us.