Here are four reasons you need to read your Bible every day. What ones could you think of to include?
There’s Power in God’s Word
I have no power, but the Word of God does. In fact, Paul writes that “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). We also know 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. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:12-13). Like a surgeon’s knife, the Word cuts; but it cuts in order to heal. Why not tap into that power source?
There’s Power to Resist Sin in God’s Word
The Word of God can help us resist temptation and not cave into sin, as the psalmist declares, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). In other words, if we store up or memorize Scripture, it helps us to avoid sin. You could read this Scripture like this: “I have memorized the Word of God so that I am more able to resist temptation and not sin against God.” God declares that “my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). That is God’s guarantee.
There’s Peace in God’s Word
There is no peace in this world. In today’s tumultuous world, there is peace that can only be found by reading God’s Word. Paul writes that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7), so “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Galatians 3:15). Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
There’s Direction in God’s Word
I heard a joke the other day that the shin bone is a device that helps you find furniture in the dark–so true. So why not use God’s Word to illuminate your path in this life? God’s “word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105), and “this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life” (Proverbs 6:23). Have you ever been on a dark path at night? Isn’t a light just what you need to keep from stumbling and to keep you on the right path? Peter wrote that “you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
Tap into the power that is only found in God’s Word. There is peace to be found in reading His Word. There is direction to guide us like a light in the darkness in the way that we should go. There is power to resist temptation and avoid sin, and this power source is your best resource in life. Why not use it?
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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