As Christians, we all know that we should be reading the Bible on a daily basis but on some days, it might get pushed to the bottom of our to-do lists. We all have busy lives, and even though we intend to start the day off with a thorough Bible-reading session, it might get a little sidetracked after hitting the snooze button 10 times, getting ready for the day and dealing with all that the day brings. We mean to read it at night after work but after dinner, some ‘me’ time, and a bit of unwinding, it’s bedtime and far too late to concentrate on such important reading, so it’ll have to wait until tomorrow.
By putting off reading the Bible, what is it you (and I) are really doing? Putting God on hold until tomorrow? Telling God that everything else is more important than His word?
I’m sure you know, just like I know for myself, that you need to make time to read the Bible. But just in case you need a little bit more of a push, here are a few important reasons.
1. To learn
The Bible is inspired by God Himself (2 Timothy 3:16) and it was written to teach us (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11). It not only bears witness of Jesus (John 5:39), it has crucial information we need to know about life, like the creation of the world (Genesis 1–2), our purpose in life (Isaiah 43:7), salvation (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8), and the second coming of Christ (Matthew 24:30; Matthew 25:32; 1 Thessalonians 4:16), just to name a few.
2. To be prepared
We are called to spread the word of God to the world (Mark 16:15), but how can we do so if we don’t know what’s written in the Bible, much less what it all means? God inspired the Bible and it’s there for us to learn and use to tell others about it.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. — 2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NIV)
We’re also commanded to be able to defend our faith, which we obviously can’t do unless we’re prepared. A good starting point is to know the source of Christianity, the word of God.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect — 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
3. For endurance and encouragement
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. — Romans 15:4 (NIV)
As humans, we are sinful by nature (Romans 3:23) and we face temptation and trials of many kinds. With every trial we suffer, the Bible is sufficient for our needs. By reading about God, we learn about endurance, perseverance and hope (Romans 5:3–5).
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” — Matthew 4:4 (NIV)