“Why should I read the Bible daily?” you may ask. Well, firstly, why not? The Bible is a gift from God. It is the special gift that God has left for every human being on earth. A book completely and entirely inspired by God written for you and I. His book and his words. Our treasure. There is no other book on this planet that contains words, advice, instruction, comfort, wisdom and love inspired directly from God himself. That alone is a good enough reason to want to devour the Bible page by page. However, if you want to further understand the importance of reading the Bible, I will gladly share 5 fundamental reasons why you should read the Bible daily!
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5 Reasons You Should Read the Bible Daily:
1. To Learn about God
Doubts & Uncertainties
As humans, we are full of questions, doubts and uncertainties. Especially in this very generation. Society has taught us to not believe in anything without solid evidence and “logic”. We are hesitant to believe in anything we can’t see or prove. Right? We like to question everything and everyone. Why this, why that, why everything. Unfortunately, this kind of mentality has brought us to question and even drift away from God.
The essence of faith
The essence of faith is not believing in what we see with our eyes but believing in what we feel with our hearts. Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Although there is no justification for our need of evidence and proof to believe in God, it is normal for us to have questions about God and life in God.
God provides answers
The good news is that God never intended for us to be left without answers. He has already answered all of our questions in the Bible. We just have to find the answers in his Word. So, there is no better way to learn about things like:
- the existence of God,
- faith in Jesus,
- God’s perfect will,
- redemption and salvation in Christ,
- sin and pain in the world, and
- the Christian lifestyle
than from the ultimate source: the Bible. No one can answer our questions better than God himself. There are a total of 66 books in the Bible. 66 distinct books to learn and obtain answers from. It is our job to discover the answers to our questions by reading, studying and devouring scripture daily. The answers are all there.
2. To Nourish Our Spirit
In our daily life, we devote time to eat, sleep, exercise and do other things that contribute to our well-being. We can agree that proper nourishment keeps our body healthy and running. Well, the same way that our body requires daily nourishment in order to function at it’s best, our spirit also requires daily nourishment.
Feeding Our Spirit
How can we properly nourish our spirit, you might ask? By feeding our spirit. And there is no greater or more nutritious food that our spirit craves, desires and needs more than God’s Word. In other words, the best way to feed our spirit is by reading the Bible daily.
Humans need food to live. Plants need water to grow. Newborn babies need a parent/guardian to survive. Christians need scripture to live, survive, and grow. 1 Peter 2:2 says “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation“
Scripture helps Christians:
- live gracefully in an ungodly world
- successfully survive daily battles
- grow into mature Christians that please God
3. To Be Comforted
Rainbows & Storms
As we grow up and the years go by, we are faced with the true reality of life. Life is great, but it is not definitely full of rainbows. There are both rainbows and storms. Life is hard, complicated, and even painful at times. That is the hard reality of life.
Temporary Comfort vs Real Comfort
Which is why, we need to be comforted from time to time. Don’t we? Our human nature requires comfort in order to feel hopeful, safe, and loved. Unfortunately, we will never truly find comfort in mundane earthly things. The comfort the world has to offer is only temporary. Money, relationships, fame, status, and material things (clothes, shoes, cars, etc) can provide us temporary happiness, but they will NEVER provide us real comfort, cure or healing. In the moment of pain, hurt and sickness, none of the things mentioned above can truly help us. Money is necessary, but when we are hurting and sick, money is just paper sitting in our wallets.
Comfort in God
Speaking from personal experience, I have NEVER been able to find comfort in material things during difficult trials in life. It has been in those very moments where I have realized how insignificant earthly things really are. They matter until they don’t matter. The only comfort I have found during hard moments has been GOD.
True and lasting comfort is only found in God. John 16: 33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Comfort in the Bible
God comforts us through prayer and his Word. When we read the Bible daily, God provides us comfort. We cry to him in prayer and he responds to us in scripture. When we open our Bibles, we are presented with a banquet of comfort. God provides comfort through every angle, inch, and area in the Bible. After all, those are his words. His words comfort, heal, liberate, and save us.
4. To Access God’s Promises
Fountain of Promises
As humans, we are always making promises and being promised to. However, it’s pretty sad and discouraging when promises are not kept. Well, God has gifted us with a fountain of promises. Thousands and thousands of true, ever lasting and comforting promises. Promises of life, hope, salvation, healing, liberation, joy, and growth. And the only way we can access these promises is by going straight to the fountain where these promises are located: the Bible. God has promised us so much in his Word and unlike humans, God keeps his promises.
Hebrews 6:18 says, “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.”
Choosing to accept God’s promises
We can discover and obtain these promises by reading the Bible. Choosing to not read the Bible is the equivalent to choosing to ignore and NOT receive God’s promises. We can only receive what we accept. God doesn’t force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do. If we choose to not read the Bible, how can we discover and receive God’s promises? Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”
Imagine voluntarily choosing to ignore and reject promises such as:
- “The lord will fight for you, you need only to be still” – Exodus 14:14
- “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
- For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
- “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24
How magnificent are these promises? Aren’t these promises everything we want to hear? They are! And guess what? There is more where they came from! There are literally THOUSANDS of promises in the Bible.
5. To Obtain Wisdom & Knowledge
Everything we need to know is in the Bible. Absolutely everything.
You don’t even have to watch the news to know what’s going on. If you read the Bible daily, you’ll see that everything currently going on in the world is biblical. Nothing that’s happening now is truly surprising because God has already warned us through scripture that the times coming are indeed dangerous.
2 Timothy 3: 1-5 says, ” But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.”
Daily living instruction:
The Bible gives clear instruction on how a person should live and behave during difficult and joyful moments, during achievements, during various occasions, inside and outside of church in order to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Roles in life instruction:
The Bible advices us how you we should behave in all the various roles in life:
- As a child – Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. (Colossians 3:20)
- As a parent – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
- As a a boss –Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 4:1)
- As an employee – Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. (Titus 2:9)
- As a spouse – Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. (Colossians 3: 18-19)
- As a friend –A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17
Advice and Wisdom
Sometimes we drift away from God, fall and fail in the things we do because we lack knowledge and advice James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
We are too busy living our lives the way we “think” is right that we completely forget to go to God for advice. As flawed humans, we can’t always discern what’s best for us from what we desire. Our desires don’t always align with what we really need. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” Which is why, it is important for us to go to God for wisdom and advice. God only wants what’s best for us, so why NOT trust him with our life?
If I were to list all of the reasons why you should read the Bible daily, this post would never conclude. Reading the Bible is so important and I hope that after reading this, you think so, too! God is willing to teach, nourish, comfort, give and teach us. The question is, are we willing to receive all of this? If the answer is yes, pick up your Bible (not just today, but everyday) read it and let God do the rest.
Until next time,