The reasons for studying scripture expand greater than I can explain in four points. However, this post is to give you, in a nutshell, a taste of the importance of the Word of God. No, you are not saved by how much you read your bible or how much scripture you recite. Ephesians 2:8-9 states “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” I pray you recognize, though, the necessity of reading the Word of God to light up the darkness, to discover His character, to find Joy, to learn direction, and to be on guard.
- We Discover God’s Character Through Reading His Word → Psalm 33:4 says “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” His Word is true, and He is faithful. Indeed, knowing God’s Word= understanding His character. How can we call on God if we don’t hear Him? How can we believe in Him without knowing Him?
- We Find True Joy & Life in God → A greater understanding of this joy & life comes in reading His Word. God’s command is a lamp, His teaching is a light, and His correction and instruction are THE WAY to life (Proverbs 6:23). We find His teaching, correction, and instruction in His word – we find life in the Lord, and He reveals it in scripture. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus notes that we find life, not even truly from food, but from every word that comes from the mouth of God—scripture. In Romans 15:4-5, we see that encouragement and endurance from scripture give us hope.
- We Learn Direction & Wisdom by Reading God’s Word→ John 1:1 teaches us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and Proverbs 2:6 teaches “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” The Word of God, or Scripture, is from the Lords’ mouth; knowledge and understanding come from it. How do we get knowledge and understanding? Through God.
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law, day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3).
- We Learn to be On Guard by Reading God’s Word → “To avoid Satan’s deceit, study God’s word carefully & regularly. When you know WHAT God says, you will NOT fall for Satan’s lies” (Zondervan, NIV Study Bible, Isaiah 36:7, p 1130).
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8
Is reading the bible the way to earn salvation? No. The Lord is your Shepherd, and you are His child if you accept the gift that His Son offers to all who believe. No matter where you stray, you belong to the Lord, and the Shepherd will go seeking His sheep (a paraphrase from Dr. Towns in Praying the 23rd Psalm).
Suggested places and plans to start reading your bible: