For years I have made it my goal to read the entire Bible over the course of a year.  When I was in college, I became acquainted with a man who maintained the practice for nearly 70 years.  He was  a storehouse of godly wisdom.  I wanted to be like him, so I adopted his habit.  I try to avoid being legalistic in the matter.  My goal isn’t to complete a religious chore.  My desire is to interact with the Lord, and to allow His truth to change me.  From Scripture, I am convinced that the road to spiritual maturity travels through the pages of the Bible.  Believers grow into Christlikeness as they allow their minds to be transformed by what the Lord says (Romans 12:1-2).  So, my daily times in God’s Word are simply an opportunity for me to expose myself to the fresh, spiritual oxygen of heaven.  I read the Bible, not from a pretext of duty, but from a passionate delight.  I am convinced that several benefits will come my way when I cherish God’s Book. 

Joy 

So many people are sad today.  They are unhappy with their job, family, friends, and general lot in life.  I believe much of this dismay comes from what people are consuming.  They watch movies and TV shows which uphold an unrealistic posh lifestyle.  They scan social media daily, and they are tempted to compare their lives to the image others project.  In the end, discouragement takes root, because the mind has been programmed by the sour value system of a fallen world.  A remedy is found in the Bible.  Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me  and the joy of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).  If you want to be happy, have a daily time in God’s Word.  It can build the right perspective, and brighten your personality.

Protection from Sin 

Each day each believer will be tempted to sin.  Opportunities to think, say, and do things which go against God’s character abound around every corner.  God’s people must be prepared.  Daily prayer is a defense against sin (see Matthew 6:13), but so is daily Scripture reading.  The Psalmist said, “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).  When our minds are programmed with God’s principles, we will be less susceptible to sin.  Jesus knew this.  That’s why He was prepared to combat Satan’s temptation with memorized Scripture (see Matthew 4:1-11).  The Devil knows this as well.  That’s why he has always worked to discourage people from taking God’s revealed Word seriously (Genesis 3:1).

Wisdom

According to King Solomon, wisdom is the most important commodity in life.  He told his son, “Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom” (Proverbs 4:7).  If wisdom is so important, we must ask, “How can one get it?”  Well, Scripture guarantees that God will respond to requests for wisdom (James 1:5), but it also indicates that we can get it from God’s Word.  The Psalmist said, “The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced” (Psalm 119:130).  If you apply yourself to regularly reading, studying, memorizing, and obeying Bible truth, you will gain wisdom.  You can count on it!  God will give you the ability to think, act, and live skillfully!

Dr. Patrick Latham
Pastor

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