Every January when Brian and I go out to run, we notice more people than usual out exercising in one form or another. It’s an annual ritual that eventually fizzles out by March. I wonder how many Christians would have to admit the same for their daily Bible reading. It’s only two weeks into the month, but now is the time I have to be careful because the slide comes gradually. Something unexpected happens, someone has an urgent need, someone gets sick, and before I know it I’m way behind on my read-thru-the bible-plan. As I look down at the schedule, the little empty check boxes seem to be flashing on the page and guilt sets in.
So today I am reminding myself of God’s wonderful promises to me from His word about His word. I’ll just list seven, one for each day of the week.
1. God’s word leads me to God: Send out your light and your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Psalm 43:3-4
2. Hearing God’s word increases my faith: So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
3. God’s word keeps me from sin: How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. Psalm 119:9
4. God’s word gives me great peace: Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165
5. All of God’s word, from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, is profitable: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16
6. God’s word builds hope: For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
7. God’s word revives my soul, meaning no time spent reading the Bible is wasted: The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. Psalm 19:7
In this short video, Don Carson shares what Bible reading does to us and why we should read the Bible over and over again.