Why Do We Read the Bible?

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
-2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible is a very important book and something we should be reading and studying every day. In 1 Peter 2:2-3, Peter says that we should crave to read the Bible the way babies crave milk. Some people believe that it isn’t necessary to read the Bible, but that is not the least bit true. In this blog post, I am going to share three reasons of why we should read the Bible every day.

1. The Bible is our instruction book.

In Francis Chan’s book, Multiply, he writes, “If we really believe that the Bible is the word of God, then it should be much more than a book we are familiar with. It ought to shape every aspect of our existence. It should guide the decisions we make in life.” The Bible is filled with God’s instruction to us, and to be able to understand and follow them, we must read the Bible. Proverbs 23:12 says, “Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.” The Bible should be our number one book we go to for instruction and knowledge.

2. The Bible helps us draw closer to God.

The Bible is a letter from God to us. Think about that for a second. The thought of the King of Kings and Creator of everything caring enough about us to give us His Word shows how much God desires to have a personal relationship with all His children. God not only wants to be our King, but also our friend. This is why Jesus was born in a dirty stable, lived a humble life, and died a painful death on a cross…all for us. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” What better way is there to draw near to God than by reading His word.

3. The Bible helps us defeat the adversary.

The Bible is a very powerful book for driving the adversary away. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in Matthew chapter 4, He used scripture to defeat Satan’s temptations. James 4:7 says, “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The word resist means to take a stand against. When we use scripture to defeat Satan we are resisting him and reminding him that he is a defeated foe. When he sees that whoever he is tempting will not be persuaded by his lies, he will flee from them.

Although there are many other reasons why we should read the Bible, these three have been very helpful to me. The Bible is an amazing book filled with wisdom and knowledge, so let us look forward each day to the honor of getting to read it.

In Christ,