Today’s Thoughts: Why We Read the Bible
Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16
The other day, my husband was asked a question by a friend of his at church. The question took him off guard which is why he asked me the same question. The question: Why do you read the Bible? At first I thought, “What kind of question is that? We all know why we read the Bible.” As believers, we must know this answer or at least have an answer…right? Isn’t the answer obvious, or is this a trick question? But my husband just kept looking at me and waiting on me to answer. As I thought about it, I realized the answer was not so elementary, not so easy.
So, I took a few moments and asked the Lord to help me with my answer, not to sound haughty, but to glorify Him in my response. The verse above came to my mind, one of my life verses. “Your words were found and I ate them, And [they became] to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.” My response was fairly short as I quoted this verse and said that without God’s word, I would die. His words are my daily bread, my living water, and the air I breathe. I cannot live without the daily sustenance provided through His precious, living word. And yet I find myself so often wanting more, being hungry for more of Him and knowing how desperate I am without His continual filling. In reading His word, I find strength to persevere throughout the day as God’s child. I find wisdom in dealing with daily decisions, I find joy that there is more than what this world has to offer and I find peace because I know that someone really loves me, despite all my shortcomings. When I discipline myself to read His word, I not only find answers...I find God.
How would you answer this question? Why do you read the Bible? Go to the Lord today to find your answer. Ask Him to feed you with His word, to write it on the tablets of your heart, and to fill your heart with joy and rejoicing. If you have not opened your Bible in a while, start today…you may be surprised at what you find. And you never know when someone may ask you, “Why do you read the Bible?” Think about your answer today.