Why study the Bible?
The Bible is not only an instrumental learning resource for Christians, it is a divinely appointed source of encouragement, hope, and confirmation of God’s love.
Here are a few reasons why we should study God’s Word regularly.
The Bible is a life guidebook for Christians
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NRSV)
The Bible is like a guidebook for Christians on Kingdom living. What do l mean by Kingdom living? God has a wonderful plan and purpose for our lives, which He wants us to step into. However, we can only do that when we know about Him and His will for us. Everything there is to know about God – His love, His mercy, His power, and His promises are to be found in the Bible.
God wants to teach us His ways, for they are good and intended to help us, not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). The Bible is an instrument that can aid us in teaching us about who God is, train us to live in His righteousness, and correct us when we steer off our divinely designated path, all so that we may be blessed in order that we can be a blessing to others.
The Word of God contains power
“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
There is power in the Word of God. It is a power that is unfathomable for human logic to understand and is only visible to the one who opens his heart and accepts God as his Lord and Savior. The Word of God is a two-edged sword, meaning it brings not only revelation to the one who speaks it but also to the one who hears it.
Knowing the Word of God increases our faith
Being well acquainted with the Word of God promotes a closer faith relationship with our Father. When we understand who we are in Christ, we can live our lives in peace and victory, resting in His Truth amidst the trials of an uncertain world.
“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”
Lack of knowledge of the Bible leads to spiritual stagnation
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;”
Consider an area in your life where you received revelation in the past. Maybe you learned a new work skill that you could apply into your professional life, you mastered a foreign language, or you even figured out a great parenting trick. Didn’t your life get easier through investing in the time to acquire this knowledge?
Now just imagine that you never knew that ease which you are experiencing now. Do you remember the frustration you felt? The anxiety?
That is what happens when we don’t acquire knowledge about the Bible. We become spiritually stunted and go around and around in circles, trying to survive one life situation after another. We call on God to help us through each crisis as it comes. without realizing that He has the power to change us to become fearless men and women of God.
Therefore, studying the Bible not only builds up our faith, it increases our trust and reliance on God. By knowing what the Bible says over us, we can live an abundant life, confident in who we are in Christ and be enriched in the knowledge of a God who is greater than any problem that exists in the world (1 John 4:4).
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash