The Bible Every Day

10:24 PM

The alarm goes off, and I hit snooze.  Three minutes later, it goes off again.  This time I groggily get up, put on my glasses, and feel my way downstairs.  At this point, I can choose to read the Bible, or I can decide to get a head-start on chores and school.  Hopefully, I will choose to spend some time in the Word of God, because this will most likely set the tone for the rest of the day -- and maybe even for the rest of my life.

Why is it important to spend time in the Word of God daily?

To live.  The psalmist said, "his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither." (Psalm 1:2-3)  The plant needs to absorb water regularly to live.  Without it, it will be unable to bear fruit and will eventually die.  So will we if we do not drink from the living Word of God.  We need to come daily to the Word that we may be nourished.  And when we are nourished, we will grow and bear fruit.  "By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples." (John 15:8)

To discover.  Think of Bible reading has digging for treasure.  You've got to keep digging for the gold; you know it's there.  Actually, it's all around you, but you don't always recognize the treasure for what it is.  You feel like you're grinding your way through Numbers so that you can get to John, but in reality, you've already hit gold.  The whole canon of Scripture is treasure, far more precious than anything else on earth.  You just need to ask God to open your eyes to see the hidden treasures, and to give you the ability to reach the things that are too high for our finite minds.  Don't underestimate the value of any of the treasure.  It is all profitable for your growth.

To remember.  You know your Bible well and have memorized large chunks of it, so why read it?  Why read the chapter you've recited dozens of times?  You can easily recall it and don't feel like there's anything new to get out of it.  Even if there was nothing new to get out of it (which isn't at all true), it is still important to read it again so that you will remember all that God taught you through it.  You see, it may always be in your long-term memory, but it's important to bring it into your working memory and actually meditate on the things that you've meditated on so many times before, those lessons that the Lord taught you when you needed them most.  "Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered."

To encourage.  God has placed people in your life who need Him.  You have the ability to reach out to them with the Word of God.  Ask God to open your eyes to see the pain and struggles of others, so that you can give them Scripture.  All of your eloquence cannot help them as much as a verse from the Word of God.  You may think that a story in the Bible seems odd or even bizarre, but God placed it there for a reason, and it may be that even an unusual Old Testament story can be an encouragement to someone.  Keep on the lookout for how to bless others with the Word of God. "I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation." (Psalm 40:10)

To know.  There are so many reasons to spend time in the Word of God every day, but the underlying reason is to know God.  This is the purpose of all of life.  Knowing God isn't knowing a bunch of facts or even being able to quote books of the Bible; knowing God is having a personal relationship with Him, as children do with their father.  He is our Father, and even though we can't see Him right now, He has given us a special letter from Him.  If we want to know Him better, then this letter is the first place that we should turn.  We can learn about Him from books that His other children wrote, and those can help us to understand a lot more, but they are flawed.  So to learn with certainty about our Father, we need to go to His letter and read the whole thing -- even when we don't understand the content or why it's in the letter in the first place.  He is our Father, after all, so we should trust His perfect authorship.  He doesn't make any mistakes.

Living, discovering, remembering, encouraging, and knowing hardly even scratch the surface of why it's important to read the Bible daily.  For more reasons, well, maybe you should open up your Bible and see what it says!  In the next post, I will be sharing tips on how to read the Bible every day.  

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I especially liked what you said about Numbers, since that's where I am right now. :)

  2. These are really good thoughts, Anna! I like how you emphasize the "knowing" part. ~Kaitlyn


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