Growing In Faith
Daily Bible reading is an excellent habit that can benefit every Christian in many ways. As Christians, we believe that the Bible is the Word of God to us. We say we love God, but did you know that only nine percent of Americans read the Bible daily? Why is that the case when the Bible is what we say we believe? How can we believe and follow what the scriptures say if we haven’t even read all of it? There are so many benefits to reading the Bible daily and by developing this habit you will remain encouraged and inspired.
Before I talk about the benefits, why is it important to read the Bible? If we claim to follow Christ, we should want to know the character of the God we serve and how He has worked His plan through history. We should want to know how He wants us to live. Also, we should want to hear from Him through His words to us and learn from His wisdom. In a world that tells us truth is whatever we want it to be for ourselves, Jesus reminds us in John 17:17 that it is God’s word that is truth.
While there is no verse that says, “Read the Bible every day,” there are many verses that speak to the importance of the Bible and how we should be thinking and meditating on it day and night.
Matthew 4:4 (NLT) reminds us that physical food isn’t all we need. We also need God’s words to survive: "But Jesus told him, No! The Scriptures say, 'People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" While eating physical food daily helps our body function and keeps us healthy, taking in spiritual food keeps our spirits healthy and functioning properly. It keeps our spirits strong when rough times in life come. From the Scriptures, we get our spiritual food, we learn who God is, we learn what God’s truth is, and we reorient our thinking to what God says. The Bible needs to be important in our daily lives. This may be hard and we may have to discipline ourselves to build this new habit pattern.
Just as there are benefits to exercising every day, there are so many more important benefits to ready God's Word daily. Here are just a few:
God speaks to us, wisdom is gained, we learn who God is, we learn God's plan of salvation, our faith is solidified, our minds our renewed, we develop and grow spiritually, we are able to combat Satan, we can pass down spiritual disciplines to your children, and the list goes on.
You may be struggling to read the Bible every day. You may be wondering how to go about doing that. First of all, you just need to commit to starting. Don’t put it off. Pray and ask God to remove distractions before starting. Like any habit, it takes intention to get started. Pray and ask God to help you. Figure out why it isn’t a priority and make it one. Find a time that will work for you. Set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget, at least until it becomes part of your daily routine.
Remember, God wants us to know and follow His Word. We can’t do that if we don’t read it and keep it in our minds and hearts. He desires for us to grow closer to Him, to fall in love with Him, and we do that by daily reading His love letter to us: the Bible.