“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” Ephesians 6:17-18
Statistics from Pulpit Helps indicate that 72 percent of people believe the Bible to be the Word of God, but only 12 percent read it on a daily basis. Eighteen percent of Protestants are daily Bible readers, 4 percent of Catholics. Forty-one percent of Protestants read the Bible less than once a month or never. Sixty-seven percent of Catholics never read the Bible.
These are disappointing statistics. The Bible should be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions. Everyone should be reading it. “The young, to learn how to live. The old, to know how to die. The ignorant, for wisdom. The learned, for humility. The rich, for compassion. The poor, for comfort. The dreamer, for enchantment. The practical, for counsel. The weak, for strength. The strong, for direction. The haughty, for warning. The humble, for exaltation. The troubled, for peace. The weary, for rest. The sinner, for salvation. The doubting, for assurance. All Christians, for guidance.” Faith Baptist Church, Kokomo, Indiana.
- L. Moody said, “I never saw a useful Christian who was not a student of the Bible.” With this in mind here are several more reasons why you should be reading God’s Word:
- To know God. John Stott said, “A man who loves his wife will love her letters and her photographs because they speak to him of her. So if we love the Lord Jesus we shall love the Bible because it speaks to us of him.” The Word is the progressive revelation of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We cannot hope to know the triune God unless we encounter Him through the scriptures that reveal Him.
- To know yourself. God’s Word is a mirror. In it we encounter who we truly are. It uncovers everything. As it says in Hebrews 4:12-13, “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
- C. H. Spurgeon once said, “The appetite for the Word grows on that which it feeds on.” The Bible was written for our transformation, not just for information. God’s given us His Holy Writ for nourishment and growth. It’s the blueprint for the Christian, God’s instrument for growing mature believers. It’s Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. As it says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
- As Christians we’re “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” Matthew 5:13-14. However, we can only be salt and light if we’ve rejected a temporal perspective and embraced the eternal values taught in the Word. Here’s the reality. Dip into the Word every now and again and at best you’ll be nothing more than salt without much flavour and a light that barely penetrates the darkness. But when the Bible’s your constant companion it will enable you to be quality salt and a bright light.
- We all need guidance. With the multiplicity of decisions that we have to make we need a working knowledge of the principles and prohibitions in God’s Word. This takes disciplined study, memorization, and constant reinforcement from regular reading. It’s only when we drink daily from the Biblical well that we’ll be able to say, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” Psalm 119:105.
- God’s Word helps us to overcome temptation and endure in times of trial. Paul reminds us to “put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians 6:13-17.