Why I read my Bible

I am currently reading through Acts. I am behind in my “through the Bible in a year” Bible reading – but still moving along. I say this because I believe some people “mess-up” their reading and it makes them give up on it completely. If I could challenge everyone with this one thing, it would be – read God’s Word! Even if it is as small as one verse a day – read. I have been reading God’s Word since I was about 10 years old. I had it read to me before then, but I began reading it for myself at age 10. I read it because I wanted to find out how God thought about life. I wanted to understand His perspective so that I could accurately assess my own life and have the most success out of it. I read verses that really stuck out to me – like – Proverbs 22:4, “By humility and fear of the Lord come riches and honor and life.”

Other verses come to my mind that I remember from my childhood: (I am writing these from memory – they may be a mixture of a couple of different versions).

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which thou shalt go, I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8.

“They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abideth forever.” Psalm 125:1.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

These words give me the right way to think – they put things in the correct perspective and give peace.

Another reason I read God’s Word is because I want to be correctly related to Him. I am not just speaking about salvation – a lot of Christians stop seeking God after salvation, satisfied to just stay out of Hell. But there is more to the Christian life and we find these things out through the Word of God. If you needed surgery to remove something that doesn’t belong, you would have surgery. Listen to this:

“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. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.” Hebrews 4:12-13.

I know that doesn’t sound pleasant – and it isn’t always pleasant. I don’t only read God’s Word to feel good. I read it because I want to live a life that represents Him to the best of my ability. I want to always let the sharp Word of God dictate to me what I need to let Him cut out of me that isn’t of Him – and I want it to happen every day! I go to the gym almost every day – so why wouldn’t I also do spiritual exercise to make sure and stay fit spiritually? One of the hardest things is to be honest with ourselves – and before God. But there have been many times when God will bring something to mind as I am reading His Word and something like this comes to mind, “Jana, you were doing such and such for selfish reasons.” – my only response can be, “You’re right, God – I’m sorry.” And then we move on. If my response is, “No I didn’t.” Then, we are in a stuck spot until I can be honest with myself before Him.

Another reason I read is to overcome the evil one – I John 2:14 says it this way, “I write to you young men because you are strong and the word of God abides in you and you have overcome the evil one.”

If you know the Word of God, then it is abiding in you – which makes you strong and able to overcome the evil one in your life. My mom used to quote her grandfather who said,

“Sin will keep you from this Book, and this Book will keep you from sin.”   –   Grandpa Cooper.

So you don’t have to read the Word of God unless you want peace, direction, understanding, hope, encouragement, tools to fight the enemy, tools to fight against sin, wisdom, direction for living, direction for finances, direction for raising children, direction for marriage, direction for how to go through difficult times, or insight into any part of life. It’s your life and it’s your choice.

Have a blessed day (read your Bible – it will be a better day)