God tells us a lot of times in the Bible that we should read and study His word and delight in it. However, it doesn’t always happen as we, humans, fail almost all of the time.
The most common excuse why we choose not to read His powerful word is familiarity. Second, we let hurry hinder us to open it. Third, it feels like an obligation.
We became familiar that we thought we already know Him enough, so we stop seeking more of Him. There are also times that because of responsibilities, we cannot even open the Bible app in our smartphones for even a minute.
And a lot of times, reading His word seems like a task that came with our salvation that we received. Let’s be honest, there will always be that time. Because we focus too much on the thought that God wants us to read because He says so so we can worship Him, and we’re tired of it.
I get that. I personally have felt the same thing.
But the fact is, God doesn’t really need us to worship Him. Yes, it is our role to worship, but His supremacy doesn’t depend on it. He is above all because He is God.
If God doesn’t need us, why read His word still?
Reading the Bible has much more to with us than with God. Because apparently, the Bible is for our own good!
So how does reading His word help us in our Christian life?
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalm 19:7-8 ESV
His word revives the soul.
In Psalm 19:7, David said that the ‘law of the Lord is perfect’. God’s word, which we refer to as our spiritual bread revives our soul. In times of emotional distress, God’s word is there for us to give us comfort and assurance.
And that just makes us feel safe in every day of our lives. Because we don’t have to worry if God can ever handle our situation or not. Or if God will still be able to lift us up, because His word is perfect. We know He can, and He will!
His word makes wise the simple.
God’s word is sure. Every word, principle, and teaching in the Bible is verified, confirmed, it is true. And thus, when we meditate on it, we will be able to think simply and be wise.
The simple minded person who easily believes and trusts just anybody’s word will become wise to know the difference between the world and God’s voice. And the person who is wise and having understanding of his own apart from God, will think simply such that even if it doesn’t make sense in this world, one can trust God because He is faithful.
In both cases, we get wisdom from God.
His word rejoices the heart.
Every instruction in the Bible, coming from a perfect and good King, is just and upright. And joy follows. And that is not just some kind of one-minute happiness or a superficial one. It is not something that only occurs because something good happened.
We can experience great joy, not only when the sky is clear and the rainbow is up, but also during the storms, which caused us to experience the rainbow.
Our hearts can be filled with joy because we are at peace, because we know that God is our refuge and strength, even when our ship is being tossed greatly by the wind and waves.
His word enlightens the eyes.
The whole Bible, being written by different authors living in different period of time, is pure—without blemish, no stain of any sorts. It’s cleanness will make us realize and be well-informed that we are all sinners and thus in need of a savior.
His word is so pure such that it emphasizes how dirty and ugly and messed up our life is. But His word is just so pure such that it lays out and reach out to us and offers us purity.
By believing that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, our sins will be cleansed.
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Meditating on God’s word is not just something that should be taken for granted. As the enemy continues to temp and attack us, His word is the best weapon in the battle.
While the enemy would want us to be stagnant Christians, God’s word will help us grow in our faith. As we take on the road that God has prepared for us to be the person He has called us to be.
So let us commit into reading His word, just as we are committing in our relationship with Him.