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I Should Read the Bible? Seriously?

Woman praying over a Bible on a wooden table.

The knock started with a gentle rapping; faintly at first. I tried to ignore it because it made me uncomfortable, pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and I resolved to pretend I didn’t hear it.  Within minutes, it grew increasingly louder, making it more difficult to ignore. Suddenly the tapping was more persistent and had captured my full attention.  But I didn’t want to answer it and desperately wanted to keep that door closed. When the gentle rapping turned into a prominent, persistent knock, it was then I heard the loving voice beckoning me to open the door to my heart. I could no longer resist.

As the barricade around my heart came crashing down, I came face to face with Jesus showing me my sinful ways and my desperate need for salvation. He encouraged me to lay down my pride, my self-righteousness, my ability to be a “good person” and accept that without His generous, free-gift of salvation, I would spend eternity separated from a sacred, pure and holy God.  The mirror of His truth reflected my ugly, sinful heart.

The reality was that I was a sinner in need of a Savior. (Romans 3:23)

In an instant my whole life changed.

What did I do now that I was a new creation in Christ?  I knew I couldn’t go back to my old habits, but how did I start seeking God and allow Him to change me? (Check out 20 Tips for New Christians for where to start your journey in faith).

When I realized the starting place for spiritual growth was reading my Bible, my 15 year- old self laughed a bit inside.  Me, read the Bible? How? I didn’t have a clue where to begin and I didn’t understand it much.

But I tried.  I would set my alarm early and most days would fall back asleep trying to connect with God. Before I knew it, I was running late for school and wiping the drool off the pages of my new Bible.  I felt like a failure and a misfit because who falls asleep in their time in the Word?

Fast forward 17 years and my time in God’s Word hadn’t changed much.  I was no more confident about studying the Bible than I was as a new believer.  I wanted to read and make sense of His Word, but didn’t know how and wondered if my relationship with God would grow once I started reading consistently.

 What the Bible Says About Studying Scripture:

God will help us understand His Words (Luke 24: 44-46)

God teaches us through the Scriptures (Romans 15:4)

We need to know God’s commands so we can follow them and demonstrate our love for Him (John 14:15)

Learning the Scriptures will help us to teach and correct others (2 Timothy 3:16)

When we read the Bible, we delight in Him and in His Words (Psalm 119:35)

Studying Scripture helps us to acquire knowledge and good judgment (Psalm 119:66)

The Holy Word guides our path (Psalm 119:105)

Examine Your Life

As many excuses as I made for not reading the Bible, I could not dispute what God says about studying Scripture.

We simply can not grow in faith without time in the Word.  We are gently commanded by God to read the Bible. That revelation, for me, was life changing.   {Insert guilty head hang, here!}

I’m inviting you to take an honest, hard look at yourself and your spiritual health, just as I did.

First, are you sure you have a relationship with God?  Have you invited Him into your life as Savior, admitting His perfection and your desperate need of salvation?  (Not sure, read Who is God & What Does He Have to Do With Me? for more information).

Do you try to connect with God by reading His Word? Have you allowed yourself to give up on Bible study?

Do you long for His joy and peace but are unsure how to that is possible?

I was once like you, knowing Him, but always keeping Him at arms length but longing to have a deep connection with my Lord.

Bible on table with pages folded into heart shape

The Good News

You don’t have to stay distant from God.  You can experience that joy that He promises by reading His Word and using it as a road-map and compass on your journey through life.

Open His Word, no matter how many times you’ve tried before.

Pray that God will give you the wisdom to clearly understand and apply His promises to your life.

Recognize that reading the Word is not an obligation or a chore to check- off on your to-do-list; it’s an expression of love for a God who created you and redeemed you.

Accept that the ability for you to read God’s promises is a gift of love for you from Him.

Be grateful that it’s not an act that will make Him love us more or less.

Understand that reading the Bible is a process of growth and understanding.  The more I study, the more questions I have and the more my spirit is hungry for time in His presence.

See that God is calling you to know the depths of His presence and experience Him anew. That renewal, that revival begins by reading His treasured promises in His Word, the Bible.

Now that you realize the importance of submersing your spirit in the Scriptures, where do you go from here? How do you get started learning about God? Stay tuned for my next post, Ways to Study the Bible, to guide your journey through His Holy Word! I’m praying for each of you!

This post was linked to Essential Fridays, SITS Sharefest, Titus 2 Tuesday

 

About Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a perfectly imperfect wife and mother, and is thankful for the saving grace of the Lord. When she’s not busy folding yet another load of laundry or comforting a crying child, she enjoys studying God’s Word, writing, and spending time with authentic friends. She's passionate about equipping women to live with intentional faith, family, home, and habits at Proverbs31Mentor.com. Join her for biblical encouragement and practical lifestyle tips to help you live on mission for the glory of God.

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2 Comments

  1. “We simply can not grow in faith without time in the Word.” This sums it all up.
    I was blessed to develop the habit of spending time in the Word every day when I was in college. I must confess, though, that on occasion I still get distracted and have to get myself back on track.
    Thanks for the encouragement!
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  2. I always tell the kids’ I teach, that God’s Word is our food and without it …spiritually…we can’t grow or move forward. This was a really honest post that puts it out there as a great reminder of the need to read God’s Word
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