Good morning! I hope you’re enjoying this Monday so far. My husband is off work today, and I think we’re just going to enjoy some time together at home.
I decided to mix things up a bit with a different posting schedule this week. Rather than put up one longer blog post on Wednesday, I’m going to do one shorter post each weekday. It’ll be a brief series, and each post will focus on one of the basic disciplines of our Christian faith. Each day’s blog post title will start with, “Why Should I…”
So today’s post asks the question, “Why should I read my Bible daily?” It’s something we’re taught that we should do even as a brand new Christian. But why is it important?
Here are five reasons.
1. To learn about God.
The Bible is God’s Word. It’s a written document, inspired by the Holy Spirit, that is the best tool we have to learn about the God we want to love and serve. Whether it’s through verses that tell us directly about Him or through the stories that reveal how He interacts with people, we begin to grasp His character as we read and study the Bible
2. To know how to live.
“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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” ~2 Timothy 3:16-17
From the Bible, we can learn what pleases God and what doesn’t. He gives clear direction, beginning with the ten commandments in Exodus and going through the gospels and epistles in the New Testament.
3. To be encouraged.
Going to God’s Word for encouragement is a precious gift. How many of us run to the Psalms when we’re deep in our feelings! We can identify with David’s writings when he’s struggling and can find hope through the same God that he followed.
4. To renew your mind.
We live in a world that is full of sin and corruption. We can easily get caught up in the temporary pleasures and pains of now and lose sight of living with eternal values. Spending time each day in the Bible gets our focus back where it needs to be – on growing to be more like Christ and sharing our faith with others.
5. To find God’s promises.
I want to know what God has promised me! Therefore I need to be in His Word so that I can find His promises and claim them for my own.
Reading the Bible daily is definitely a discipline! We have to plan for it or it won’t happen. It’s easiest for me to do it first thing in the morning. But regardless of the time of day we choose, let’s prioritize reading God’s Word.