One of the reasons why I continually say to read the Bible, is because I believe we need to continually read our Bible. Many may already be doing that, and that’s great. My charge to read the Bible is because I want to encourage people to always go back to the Word of God. The Truth is found there.
When I was first questioning “obedience to what?”, I would read whole books at a time. It’s not that I never read them before, but I felt like I was missing something. So, I’d read it again. Then, I’d read it again. Then, when I felt like the LORD was telling me something, I’d read it again with that thought in mind.
When I started sharing my thoughts with others, they would say to me, “You need to read Galatians.” or “You need to read Romans.” Now, of course I’ve read those books before…in fact I had read them fairly recent to their charge for me to read them. BUT, I’d go ahead and read them again. I wanted to see something I might have missed.
One of the beautiful things about God’s Word is that it’s alive! It literally speaks to us.
It doesn’t change. The words are already written on the page. But we are constantly changing. We are at different stages of life over time and each time we come to read the Bible we’ve had a new set of experiences added to our life. So, when we read the same words we’ve read in the past (no matter how many times we’ve already read them), the Word can say something new to us. That’s one reason why I think we need to continually read the Bible.
We also tend to focus on particular portions of Scripture, putting influence on a certain part of a verse over another part. If we were to put influence on another part of the verse, we might see something we had overlooked in the past.
I think we also tend to skip over words or references we’re not familiar with, but the next time we read it, one of those words might jump off the page at us begging us to figure out what that word or reference really means. Sometimes that word or reference we’ve missed in the past can totally change the meaning of the verse, but we have to be willing to check it out.
This calls for humility. I believe we need to come to the Word eager to learn as opposed to thinking we’ve already got it all figured out. We need to be teachable, willing to set aside something we once thought, if God is trying to show us something different. We need to consider the possibility we could be wrong or off even just a little in our current way of thinking. That’s why I also encourage people to ask God to teach them something when they read His Word. That’s not to say His Word won’t speak to us if we don’t, but I think we’ll learn more if we approach it with a willingness to grow.
Another reason to continually read the Bible is because we need to be transformed. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 to not conform or follow the patterns of this world any longer, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then we’ll be able to test and approve or “recognize as genuine after examination” what God’s will is. This world is continually influencing us in so many ways. I don’t believe we fully comprehend all the influences that we confront on a daily basis. If we’re not continually reading the Word allowing it to renew our minds, then I’m afraid the outside influences will make it harder for us to be transformed. I could be wrong about this, but that’s how I see it.
So, whenever you hear me say, “Read the Bible”, please know it’s not said in condemnation. It’s being said in love…the Truth is in there. It’s like a buried treasure…we need to seek it out.
I’m continually reading the Bible now. I used to read my Bible “all the time”, but I wasn’t feasting on it, like I do now. I wasn’t meditating on His torah day and night like David speaks of in Psalm 1.
Does that mean we all need to read whole books at a time? No, I’m not suggesting that. Just because I say that I do that, it doesn’t mean I’m telling anyone else that it’s required of them. My only plea is to continually read the Bible, and ask God to teach you.
My heart’s desire is to glorify God…to direct people to Him. YHWH loves us, and He wants us to love Him back. He wants to have a relationship with us…He wants it so much, that he sent His only begotten son to die for us, so that we can be reconciled to Him.
He wants us to love Him wholeheartedly. He gave His Word to teach us how to please Him. It wasn’t so that it could be nailed to a tree. His Word is the way, the truth and the life. Yeshua/Jesus is the embodiment of the Word. He is our living example. We are to follow the will of the Father, as He did. He didn’t die so that we could continue to live in our flesh and reject his Father’s will, He died so that we could be free from our flesh and pursue his Father’s will.
It is a joy to live according to the Spirit of life. I dance at the thought of how much the Creator of the Universe loves me. I’m drawn to my knees in gratitude at the grace and mercy demonstrated toward me. And He loves you, too. His grace and mercy is available to all who will repent.