Why Read The Bible (God’s Word)?

by Tim Leahy

Short Answers:

  • Because it’s God’s written revelation to us.
  • Because it’s one of the main ways God speaks to us.
  • Because it’s our instruction manual for successful living.
  • Because it tells us who God is, who we are, and what He did, does and will do for us.
  • Because it’s food for our soul.
  • Because it’s our compass for life.
  • Because it’s God’s love letter to us.
  • Because it’s our story.
  • Because it’s Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.

Short Answers Explained: 

Because it’s God’s written revelation to us: God has revealed His purpose and plan for us in the Bible (2 Peter 1:20-21 & 2 Timothy 3:15-17) which was written over a 1,400-year period by over 40 writers from different socio-economic, professional and educational backgrounds. Written in 3 different languages on 3 different continents, yet it tells one unified story of God’s love and plan for the human race – telling us that He would send a Savior who would save and restore us to God by dying for our sins, which separate us from Him.

Because it’s one of the main ways God speaks to us: God has revealed Himself though creation (general revelation) and the Bible (specific revelation). We can know general things about God through His creation (Psalm 19:1-2; Romans 1:19-20), and we can know specific things about God through the Bible (Genesis 1:1, John 3:16…). God communicates to us through His Word, and we communicate to God through prayer. If we are to have a healthy functional relationship with God we need to allow Him to speak to us daily, and we must speak to Him daily. Think of it this way, if you rarely spoke to people who are important to you or they rarely spoke to you, how healthy would our relationships be?

Because it’s our instruction manual for successful living: God wants us to succeed (2 Peter 3:9b; 1 Timothy 2:4b; Jeremiah 29:11). The whole Bible tells us how God wants us to live so that we will be successful, which means that we will not experience self-inflicted problems and consequences from making choices contrary to His Word. The Bible is like a safety fence, if we stay within it, we will be protected; but if we go outside God’s protective standards then we are open to the negative, destructive consequences of our ungodly choices (Galatians 6:7-8; 1 Peter 5:8).

Because it tells us who God is, who we are, and what He did, does and will do for us: God tells us that He is eternal, perfect, Creator, Sustainer, all-knowing, all-powerful, in control, and has a purpose and plan for the human race. God tells us that we are sinners who have rebelled against Him and that our sin has separated us from Him. But because He loves us perfectly He has provided a way for us to be restored back to the harmonious relationship He created us for. God tells us how it all ends and what our eternal fate is. God has not left us in the dark; we are without excuse because He has told us everything we need to know about Him, about us, what He did, does and will do for us. It’s all written out for us in the Bible (Psalm 90:2; Matthew 5:48;Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:25-26; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 3:16). Click here to see what Jesus did for you.

Because it’s food for our soul: Physically, God created us with the need for food and water to keep us physically strong and alive. The same is true spiritually. In order to be strong and alive we need to take in God’s Word on a daily basis (John 6:35, Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 2:2). Without the nourishment of God’s Word we drift back to unhealthy living, reaping the negative consequences of our ungodly choices (Galatians 6:7-8).

Because it’s our compass for life: God’s Word shows us the right direction for navigating life according to the way he designed us to live. When we live life His way we experience all the joys and blessings of following God (Galatians 5:22-23). But if we don’t, we experience the negative consequences of those choices (Galatians 5:19-21; Galatians 6:7). Since God is the Creator of everything we would be wise to follow the One who knows the Way (John 14:6) that leads to a successful journey that leads us to the intended destination (2 Peter 3:9b; 1 Timothy 2:4b) .

Because it’s God’s love letter to us: God tells us how much He loves us (John 3:16), and demonstrated it by patiently and lovingly putting up with over 4000 years of rebellion by the human race against Him while He orchestrated His plan to rescue and redeem us through His Son Jesus Christ.

Because it’s our story: God tells us how He created us, provided for us, and how we rebelled against Him causing sin to enter the world. He tells how our rebellion damaged and separated us from Him, and how He fixed the relationship that we broke so we could come back to Him and live with Him forever.

Because it’s Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth: Our time here on planet earth is very short compared to eternity. God created us to live forever (Matthew 25:46). The question is will you live with Him in heaven or apart from Him in hell for eternity? God’s Word explains what we need to know about this choice, and when our time on earth is up He will honor our choice (Hebrews 9:27). Click here to choose Jesus.

Begin to read Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible) and discover the joy and benefits the psalmist found in reading God’s Word.

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