Did you know that some Christians swear on the benefits of reading the Bible cover-to-cover at least once a year? Yet there are others who have never read the Bible in its entirety. So much so you may wonder if there are any benefits of reading the Bible.
Here’s my take on it: if you can read the Bible in a year, go for it! There’s something about reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 365 days that gives you a sense of accomplishment.
But reading the Bible is more than a sense of a job well done—at least it should be. The Bible is God’s Word to us and it is something I believe every Christians should read in its entirety at least once in their lifetime.
Now you may find yourself asking “Why is Scripture important?” and that’s a good question. With the world telling us that it’s an antiquated book which has no relevance in our daily life, you may wonder if the Bible is still important. Well, let me ask you a question: suppose your parents spent ten years of their life writing down all their experiences, as well as, things that happened to their friends.
During the writing process, your parent thought about every possible situation that could ever happen to you and wrote their suggestions and advice on the topic.
When they were through, they had a series of journals which they passed on to you before they went on a long journey…to a place where there were no cell towers, snail mail or internet…would you read the journals? Or, would you keep them on a shelf and just look at them from time to time?
The Bible represents God’s instructions to us. The Holy Scriptures were written over a period of 2000 years by forty authors. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible has something to say on almost any topic you can think of and has much to teach us about the issues we face on a daily basis.
But in case you’re still looking for reasons to read the Bible, here are some of the benefits of Bible reading.
Reading the Bible teaches us who God is. As created beings, it’s important for us to know more about our Creator. As we come to know God we learn why we should worship Him and how we should serve Him.
Reading the Bible gives us an opportunity to learn more about ourselves. We were made by God; it, therefore, stands to reason that if we want to know who we are we should go to Him. The Bible contains the key to knowing who God is. Only when we know Him will we truly know ourselves.
Reading the Bible teaches us how to treat each other as God intended. The world teaches a “me first” mindset. We exalt self over service and so find it difficult to treat others with respect or love. When we read the Bible, we learn how God wants us to treat each other. We also see the result of following His ways…and of disobedience.
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The Bible teaches us how to become better wives. Western society looks down on words such as submission and obedience. A woman is taught to be independent and that she doesn’t need anyone. But when we see the role of women through God’s eyes, we realize that we were created to be man’s helpmeet. We were designed to complement the role the man was created to fill.
Bible reading helps us to become better mothers. God is, first and foremost, a parent. He teaches us how to love through the institution of the family. The Bible, especially the book of Proverbs, has a lot of advice for parents. Surprisingly, a lot of these tips are modeled in secular books. The Bible teaches us to discipline our children, to love them and instill in them respect for self and others.
This is what the Bible has to say about why we need to read it:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV).
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105 ESV).
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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 ESV ).
For 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 (Hebrews 4:12 ESV ).
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4 ESV).
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward (Psalm 19:7-11 ESV).
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:9-11 ESV).
Okay, so I hope I have convinced you of the benefits of reading the Bible. For even more reasons to read the Bible, check out these four additional benefits on Sun Sparkle Shine.
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