How many Christians only pick up their Bible on Sundays or special occasions? Are you one of them? Don’t worry, you can change that and I’ll show you why you should.
Bullet Proof Bible
Recently I read about a bus driver who was shot at, but survived because the Bible in his pocket stopped the bullets. In the same way, your Bible can stop figurative bullets as well. If you know your Bible it can help keep you from making mistakes and transgressing in ways that you might have otherwise.
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
Your Bible can be your figurative bullet proof vest, if you let it. Sure, you’re still going to mess up; you’re only human, but knowing your Bible and what it says about life and sin can help you do it less often.
A Light for My Path
Oftentimes storms spring up over life’s highways and we suddenly are stuck driving through the darkness with hail and rain obscuring our visibility. At times like these it’s easy to feel afraid or dejected, maybe even mad, but, if we know our Bible, we can pull out the words in our memory like a flashlight and light up the road in front of us.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through perseverance and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4
Knowing your Bible can give you encouragement and peace in times of trouble.
Knowledge is Power
The wrong kind of knowledge can be dangerous, but the right kind can be a powerful thing. If we know our Bible, it can protect us against false doctrines and help us resist false philosophies. If we know our Bible we can help teach others the right way to live and show them the way to salvation. If we know our Bible we can respond to the things we encounter in a way that’s beneficial not only to ourselves and those around us, but also brings glory to God. If we know our Bible, we can defend our faith against those who would seek to discredit it.
“for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15
“Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Keeping in Touch
Another reason we should read our Bible often is to keep in touch with God and with His Word. Have you ever had a friend and then, for some reason or another, you were separated and eventually lost contact? Tell me, how long was it before you forgot all about them in your daily life? Or how often did you think about the words that they’d spoken to you? In the same way, if we neglect our Bibles, we can begin to distance ourselves from God and go about our business without giving a thought to His Word. This can be a dangerous place to be.
“These words, which I command you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the door posts of your house, and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9
These words may have been intended for the Israelites thousands of years ago, but they can be applied to our lives as well. Sure, we may not read our Bible while sitting in the dentist’s chair or recite scripture while walking through Walmart, but we can make it a habit to read our Bible every day. Whether it’s in the morning before you get up, on your lunch break, after dinner, or before you go to bed at night, just pick a time that works for you and read. It doesn’t have to be a lot or a prescribed amount to read the Bible through in a year, just read…keep reading until you do eventually make it through the Bible, maybe occasionally delving deeper into the parts that jump out at you, writing them down, or committing them to memory. Then once you’ve read the Bible through…wait, don’t reach to put it back on the shelf. What? That’s right; bring your arm back down. Now start again from the beginning. You may be surprised by the things you notice that you didn’t before…and don’t stop at two read-through’s. Just keep reading.
Dear Lord, as we go about our lives
Bring Your Word into our minds
To guide, strengthen, and encourage
Us throughout our lifelong voyage.
“Yahweh’s law is perfect, restoring the soul. Yahweh’s testimony is sure, making wise the simple. Yahweh’s precepts are right, rejoicing the heart. Yahweh’s commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.” Psalm 19:7-8