Why Study The Bible?
I love talking about the importance of God’s word. Scripture has so many pearls of wisdom in there for us if we would only grab hold of them and recognize the benefits of studying God’s word, meditating on it, and even hiding it in our hearts. Every word of God is pure, according to Proverbs 30, verse 5.
When we put our trust in God, His word is a shield to us. And who doesn’t want and need protection in these uncertain, tumultuous times? What else do we get from God’s word besides protection? Well, how about wisdom? That’s something we all want and need. In fact, when we are wise, we are making decisions that will keep us protected, so those two things really work hand in hand.
You know something else big that God’s word does for us? It corrects us and instructs us in righteous ways. Here’s an example. If I am reading and studying God’s word and really wanting to walk in His ways, then I’m going to hear His voice, that little nudge, when I’m about to make a mistake in judgment. Have you ever felt just a little uneasy about perhaps sitting in a movie theatre listening and watching something that makes you uncomfortable…you know? Those times when you want to sink a little farther down in your seat because you’re afraid someone you know might see you? Well, that’s God’s word at work in our lives.
We’re certainly not born knowing right from wrong. Having a conscience, a Godly conscience, comes from allowing the very spirit of God to teach our hearts what is right, pure, holy, excellent, and praiseworthy. The Bible teaches that the word of God pierces our soul and discerns our thought and intents. That’s pretty powerful stuff. We need to be studying God’s word every day to hear that still, small voice in our hearts… to feel the Holy Spirit’s guiding touch in our lives. So next time you’re wondering what God’s will for your life is, just start reading the Bible. We have to know Scripture to have a chance of living out God’s purpose in our lives.