Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
The Bible is a collection of stories about the Jewish nation. However, the Bible is much more than that. It is God's diary of what's on his mind and what's in His heart. It is the only book a person can read and the author is with the reader.
The Bible is the source of wisdom, guidance, and God's plan for our lives. Therefore, we should read the Bible to find out what God wants us to know. There are many reasons to read the Bible on a regular basis. Below are twelve powerful reasons that reading the Bible is an effective spiritual discipline.
1. The Bible: A Way to Get to Know Your Creator
The Bible shows us who God is. We can hear other people talk about God, but the best way to get to know Him is to find out what God says about Himself and you.
Throughout the Bible, you will learn that God created you in His own image and how much He wants to be in an intimate relationship with you. You will find out about God's attributes, characteristics, and what pleases Him. If you want to know God, then read the Bible.
2. The Bible: God's Road Map
God did not create us and wind us up like a clock for us to live on our own. We can use the Bible as God's road map to guide us to places we need to go and things we need to do. God never wants us to walk alone. Therefore, He set forth a direct route for us to follow.
Not many people use paper road maps any longer because they have a Global Positioning System (GPS) in their cars, on their smartphones and watches. A GPS is good to help you find your physical location. However, only the Bible can point you in the right way to go so you can grow spiritually.
3. The Bible: A Source of Wisdom
Wisdom goes beyond merely knowing something. Knowledge is just remembering facts. Wisdom is knowing how to live circumspectly.
True wisdom is knowing what God wants you to know and doing what He wants you to do. Solomon wrote the Book of Proverbs, which is an entire book about wisdom personified.
It is good to get knowledge. It is much better to get wisdom.
4. The Bible: A Source of Light
We do not have to grope around in the dark because the Bible is a source of light when we are in dark places.
Psalm 119:105 assures us that "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." The psalmist related this scripture to a custom based on what farmers used to do. They would go out early in the morning while it was still dark because it was cooler at that time. They needed both hands to work. Therefore, they strapped a lantern on their ankle so it would light up the path they needed to follow.
Reading the Bible regularly helps us discover where our next step should be. It helps us live courageously in a dark world.
5. The Bible: Our Main Tool For Living
All workers have tools they use to do their job effectively. A carpenter has a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, measuring tape, a plumb line, and other necessary tools. He carries them around with him so they will be available when he needs them.
We should keep our Bibles available so we will always be prepared to live effectively with the right tool. We can read, study, and apply biblical principles to our lives and evangelize to others so they, too, can live a righteous life.
6. The Bible Addresses Every Issue
The Bible addresses every issue we have or will ever have. Read what the Bible says about fear, worry, depression, rejection, love, marriage, relationships, faith, health, and every other topic you can think of.
Therefore, you need not suffer in pain. Find what God has already said about your situation and get instant relief.
7. The Bible Has Great Examples
The Bible has great examples of people and principles to follow and not to follow. Whenever you are having a problem, find a person in the Bible who encountered that same problem. If you are barren, read about Hannah, Rachel, Elizabeth, and other barren women. If you are sick, read what Hezekiah did. Perhaps God will provoke you to do the same thing to get well.
Read the Bible to find out how God wants you to handle your situation.
8. The Bible Introduces Us to Jesus Christ
You might hear others talk about Jesus Christ, but the best way to get to know Jesus is through the Bible. On more than one occasion, God introduced Jesus as "my beloved Son."
According to Matthew 3:17 when John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan, "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Similar words appear in other scriptures in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Also, get to know Jesus through Paul's books.
When you know Christ, you should follow His example and be like Him. You cannot be Christlike unless you know who He was and what He did.
9. The Bible Shows God's Will
Unless we read the Bible, we might not ever know God's will is for our lives. Paul tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
10. The Bible: Instructions For Obedience
You cannot obey God's words, laws, and commands unless you know what they are. You cannot know what God wants and what pleases Him if we do not read the Bible. We hear only snippets of God's word in sermons on Sunday mornings. We might get a little more from Bible Studies when groups meet once a week.
In order to get the most from your Bible, you must read it yourself. Paul said in Acts 17:11, "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." It is a good idea to follow up on what you have heard in sermons and Bible Studies. You will more than likely glean more information when you read and study the Bible yourself.
11. The Bible Keeps Us From Sin
The Bible teaches us to do what God commands and keeps us from doing what He forbids. In other words, applying the principles of the Bible keeps us from sinning.
The Bible is our final authority on what God wants. Therefore, you should "Hide God's word in your heart so you won't sin” (Psalm 119:11).
12. The Bible: A Book of Promises
The Bible contains about 8,810 promises. It would be very helpful if you knew what you have. There are different promises that include the one God made several times that "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
God promised us long life, good health, spiritual gifts, daily bread, and many other wonderful things. Read the Bible to find out what God has promised you.
Ernest Festus Awudey from Ho, Ghana. on August 19, 2020:
Miss Margaret, thanks for yours. When I was reading your article, one thought came into my mind that "Obeying God's commands is for our own good." See what you have outlined here, more than enough for us to survive just reading the word.
Jeshurun from Nellore AP India on August 18, 2020:
Dear Mom, Reading the bible is a part of believers life so your encouragement is so called benefit for those who have partial touch with Holy Bible....Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful views.....