4 Reasons To Read the Bible

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In his book, “God in My Corner,” former heavyweight boxing champion, George Foreman, shares this personal story about the Bible.

“In 1974, before I went to Africa to fight Muhammad Ali, a friend gave me a Bible to take along on my trip. He said, “George, keep this with you for good luck.”

“I believed the Bible was just a shepherd’s handbook, probably because the only verse I knew was “the Lord is my shepherd.” But I was always looking for luck, so I carried that Bible with me. I had lucky pennies and good luck charms, so now I added the “lucky” Bible to my collection of superstitious items.”

“After I lost the fight, I threw the Bible away. I never even opened it. I thought, The Bible didn’t help me win, so why do I need it? I thought I’d get power simply from owning it; I didn’t realize that I needed to read it and believe what it says. Since then, I’ve come to understand that the Bible is my road map, not my good luck charm.”

People sure do have some interesting views regarding the Bible! I’m reminded of the little girl who said, “I know everything that’s in the Bible. Let’s see . . . there’s a lock of hair, some dried flowers, a picture of grandma….. ” Some people use the Bible as a place to store mementoes!

Too often people merely give lip service to their allegiance to the Bible. Charles Spurgeon put it this way: “I can find ten men who will die for the Bible for every one who will read it!”

Of course, Bible reading is problematic for many. Like Mark Twain once quipped, “Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.”

Many people begin the new year with a goal to read the Bible. This a worthy objective. However, reading the Bible should be more than just doing our Bible reading. Much more!

Bible reading connects us to God. You cannot get close to God without getting into the Word of God. The Bible tells us who God is. It describes his character, nature and personality. The Bible reveals the Will of God. And His eternal purpose for the human race. Read Genesis, the Psalms and the Prophets. They will connect you to the God of the Bible.

Bible reading reveals who Jesus is. A quick Amazon search of “Jesus” informs me that there 240,842 books about Jesus! Actually, I’m surprised there are not more! However, there is only one book, that really reveals the truth about Jesus. The prophetic affirmations about His coming to earth. His virgin birth. His Deity. His life. His teaching. And his death, burial and resurrection to the Father. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will reveal who Jesus is!

Bible reading give us understanding, insight and purpose in life. It tells who we are. Where we came from. And why we are here. It opens us to us the mind of God in a special way. Paul expressed it like this:

“…the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. (Ephesians 3:3-5)

Bible reading will profit you spiritually. Consider just a few of the benefits God’s Word offers.

It keeps us from sinning (Ps. 119:11)

It gives us hope (Ps 119:114)

It purifies the soul (1 Peter 1:22)

It perfects God love within us (I john 2:5)

It strengthens us spiritually ( Ps. 119:28)

It revives the soul ( Ps 119:154)

It comforts the heart (Ps 119:50)

It alters attitudes (Eph. 4:23)

Purposeful, introspective Bible reading will empower you spiritually to make better choices. Exercise spiritual wisdom. Sharpen your spiritual focus. And satisfy your spiritual appetite.

Begin reading your Bible today!

–Ken Weliever, The Preaching!

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8 responses to “4 Reasons To Read the Bible

  1. Glenn B.

    Hello Brother Ken! As always, I enjoyed this article of yours. I have a question. You wrote, “Bible reading connects us to God. You can get close to God without getting into the Word of God.” I am confused. Will you please explain what you mean by “without getting into the Word of God?” Thanks and may your day be blessed!

  2. Congratulations, Glenn! You were one of the first 9 people to read my blog this AM! I know, because Norma Jean discovered the mistake after I posted. I left out an important 3 letter word–“NOT” It should have read and does now read: “Bible reading connects us to God. You cannot get close to God without getting into the Word of God.” Thanks for reading! And for paying close attention to what I wrote!

    • Glenn B.

      I just discovered you replied! Ha! Thanks! I thought/hoped that’s what had happened. I am glad for the clarification. Be blessed!

  3. I admit I am not a religious person by any means but being more connected to the Source is extremely important for your well being. Thank you for posting this.

  4. cassandrassirensong

    If it wasn’t for the ultimate blog challenge I can honestly say I might not of clicked to read this. I myself am a Buddhist, I do have a deep love for religion and all kinds of beliefs. I was uncertain when I started reading this but I am so glad I did. Your love for what you are writing and the passion for your faith made me smile. I enjoyed reading and learning a few things about the bible. Thank you!

  5. I am a Buddhist, and although I may not agree with all your beliefs, I think it’s so important to have faith in a higher order that brings goodness, happiness, and comfort to our lives. Thank you for sharing your faith with us!

  6. What a timely post! Among the various versions of Bibles in our household we have a Bible specifically arranged to be read each day of the year. For each day there is a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. It is one of our favorite versions. I don’t remember how many times my husband and I have read it, but we began it again on January 1. We read it each night before bedtime. We read it thoughtfully, and sometimes we discuss the passages. Every so often I read the Psalm and Proverbs portions aloud. We find it’s a really perfect way to end the day, and it’s a natural lead-in to my nightly prayer. At first I began the daily reading because it was a good habit I wanted to develop. I quickly found it to become a ritual I craved. Your post really brings it home. Thank you.

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