One reason to study the Bible is to know the one true God who created us, saved us, loves us, and guides us. The Bible reflects His nature, His thoughts, His will and His ways. The more we study the Bible, the more we learn about God. Isn’t that enough reason? Are we not driven to know more about the people we love? Do we truly love God as we claim to do so? Shouldn’t we be driven to learn more of Him?
Paul, the apostle, wrote, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…” (Philippians 3:10). Paul wrote this statement after more than twenty years of ministry. The apostle’s desire to know Him did not wane. His intent did not change. Moses, in a ripe old age, prayed, “Show me now your glory. Let me know your ways” (Exodus 33:13). My prayer is, our desire to know God through His word intensify as we age.
Another reason is to live the life that God wants us to live. But how may we know how He wants us to live? Where will we get our information? The answer, as you expected, is to study God’s word. It is a sad sight to see some believers rely more on other books that are not aligned to the word of God. It is pitiful to observe some believers give in to the cult of personalities rather than following God’s word. They have forgotten that the ultimate source of guidance is His word.
But why live the way He wants us to? Faith tells us that He is wise. Let me improve on that statement, He knows everything. He set the stars in motion. God established the laws of nature. And He also established the laws of life. We believe that He knows more than we do; therefore, we seek to know His thoughts. The Psalmist once sang, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Yet another reason is spiritual nourishment. Our Lord said that man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). If we nourish our bodies with food and water so should we nourish our spirits with the word of God. The proper food and drink give health, but junk food results in weakness. The proper study of God’s word will lead to a healthy spirit, which then manifests in a mature character. How is our spiritual nourishment? If the personal study of God’s word is not included then it is not complete. Let every believer be warned that if spiritual nourishment is not consistent, the spirit will grow weak, which will not be able to resist temptations.
A fourth reason is to be aware of false teaching. We were warned that a time will come that people will give up listening to sound doctrine and turn to teachers who satisfy their own itch (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Media is filled with preachers who sound more like motivational speakers than messengers of the word. If we adapt false teaching and teach what is not aligned to God’s word, we become false teachers.
We may not have enough time to study all the false teachings around the world, but we should have enough time to study the truth of God’s word.
A fifth reason is to be able to teach God’s word. Paul charged Timothy to teach faithful men who will teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). Does that mean that we should be teaching faithful men? Of course, we should. We should not waste time on those who will not faithfully learn and those who will not faithfully teach God’s word.
I listed 5 reasons to study God’s word. Could there be more than 5? Definitely. The main point is, let us continue to study God’s word.