Hey friends, how are you today? Well… we have welcomed the second week of a brand-new year. Already week number two is upon us; how are you doing? My friend says, “will this be a new year, where we implement new plans to draw us closer to the Lord, or will it be the same year where nothing changes? Every year the Lord allows us to see, cements the person we are becoming. Day after day we act in particular ways that will formulate into habits that will build our character. Our characteristics tell the story of our beliefs. They say to others what we believe about ourselves and about our God. I love this quote by Oswald Chambers; “You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.”-My Utmost for His Highest
That’s what the past is for; it should teach us to reflect on the goodness of God. For us to bask in His faithfulness and grace. The person I was ten years ago, should be more mature today. She should be more grounded in her faith today. She should love better, be more patient, demonstrate self control, give more willingly, be more joyful when hardships arise. But how do I get from there to here?
A Christian’s primary goal is to become more like Christ. Year after year, we build upon that foundation that was first laid when we accepted the Lord as our Savior. We were not good people, in fact even our good works were not good at all. How do we know that? Because the Bible tells us so. But because we were so loved by the God of the Universe, He sent us the Gift of His most Precious Son to save us from our sin. How do we know that? Because the Bible tells us so. We were on our way to hell; a place that separates us from our Loving Father. That is the penalty our sin deserved. How do we know that? Because the Bible tells us so.
Friends, it is impossible to know the depth of our depravity without the Word of God. It is also impossible to take comfort in the breadth of the unfailing, unwavering, love of God if we are not in His Word. Everything we need to know about life is found in the Word of God. In today’s world, truth matters, and absolute truth is found in God’s Word.
Here are four reasons we should daily read the Bible.
Truth is found in the Bible. It is there we will find the truth necessary to combat our enemy. Satan relies rather heavily on subtlety and subterfuge to deceive us. We see this pattern in Genesis when he changed a few words and added a few more which ultimately caused the downfall of man. He even attempted to tempt the Lord Jesus by using Scripture. We need to know truth for ourselves in order to discern the lies.
Knowledge is found in the Bible. The history of man and our world; our past, present, and future is found in the Word of God. Everything we need to know about ourselves and about God is found in Scripture. We’ve been told ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ (Ecclesiastes 1:9), which reminds us that the depravity we see around us today isn’t a new thing. Sin isn’t in its infant stage; we’ve been here before.
Hope is found in the word of God. On almost every page of scripture, hope can be found. The promises of God to mankind are littered across the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. There is the hope of eternal life; the hope that the difficulties we face will one day to an end. The hope that as we surrender to the Holy Spirit, we become more like our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tools for daily living is found in the Bible. In the Bible we are told how to treat all types of people. From friends to enemies, we are told to be kind, to love, to give and to forgive. We are also told what our reactions should be when troubles come our way. We are told to ‘count It all joy’ and to ‘lay it at His feet’. The standard for daily living is found in the Word of God. He has left anything to chance, it’s all in His Word.
By now we know that the Lord is ‘no respecter of persons‘ (Romans 2:11). He does not negotiate; He says what He means, and He means what He says. When the world fades away, His Word remains unchanging. We gain when we read the Words of our Heavenly Father. We become better people when we daily spend time in His Word.
Do you read your Bible daily? What other reasons do you have for reading the Bible?