Why People Read God’s Word
People read the Bible for many different reasons. There are those who are not even Christians, but are just curious. Then there are casual readers - just looking for a devotional thought or maybe historical reference. There are those who read the Scriptures purely out of a sense of duty. Others seek out passages of Psalms for praise and worship. Some read because they are despondent, at the end of their rope and reach out for some kind of “hope.” There are those who out of sheer boredom, have picked up a Bible in an empty drawer of their hotel room and gave their heart to Jesus. God’s Holy Word is the most printed book in all the world, and has also caused the most controversy. It is the most powerful, insightful, inspiring book you could ever read. Even though there are numerous reasons “why” people are motivated to read it - the most important reason is for inspiration and instruction! It is an incredible source of insight and wisdom - for no one is a better teacher or counselor than God! His complete fail-proof plan for your journey through life is all detailed in His Word - including His full plan of salvation. But before you even open your Bible to read - pray and ask for Holy Spirit guidance and understanding. Pick up your Bible today and you’ll soon find that the most valuable time of your day is the time you spend alone with God’s Word.
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. (Proverbs 23:12, ESV)
2 Timothy 3:16-17,
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV)
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.
107 I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
108 Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules.
109 I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
112 I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end. (Psalms 119:105-112, ESV)
But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (Matthew 4:4, ESV)
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