When I first devoted my life to the Lord, I had no idea of the immense significance of the Bible. At that time, I only knew a handful of the Ten Commandments. I happened to attend a church that emphasized worship far above any Bible teaching. So, for the longest, I thought the Bible was a rule book.
It wasn’t until God began to reveal Himself to me that He stirred up in me this unquenchable thirst and hunger to know Him. Church alone just wasn’t enough to feed me. Worship alone wasn’t enough to reach Him.
Who was this God Almighty who knew me perfectly and loved me unconditionally? What did He desire from me? Where was my place in this world? Why was life so hard? How would my life change now that it was being held in His loving hands?
When I needed answers, the Holy Spirit drew me to God’s Word, the Holy Bible.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. –2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible is so much more than a rule book, a self-help manual, or an encyclopedia of facts about God and His people. It is God’s living, breathing, divine revelation of Himself to human beings. In 66 books, it tells of His grand plan of redemption for mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ.
What I didn’t know in the beginning of my spiritual walk with God was that in order to truly know God, I needed to know His Word. Knowing God through the Bible answers our deepest needs and life’s difficult questions.
- Knowing God through the Bible strengthens our faith in God and leads us to cling to His promises.
- Knowing God through the Bible transforms our view of our earthly and spiritual lives.
- But most of all, knowing God through the Bible, shows us Jesus, the Word of God personified.
It always amazes me to hear that for centuries, year after year, the Bible remains the number one selling book of all time. The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years with over 40 divinely-inspired authors who were from different time periods, occupations, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Yet, the Bible endures.
No matter the time, culture, political changes, social norms, spiritual diversity, or philosophical theories…God’s Word endures. God’s Word is just as He is…always true, error-free, relevant, unchanging, and uncompromising. In a world that is constantly changing, believers will always have an unchanging constant – God and His Word.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
We read the Bible, in order to understand God’s heart, to have an intimate and genuine encounter with Him, and inevitably to become more like Him.
We read the Bible to gain God’s power. God’s Word is the weapon we use to overcome temptation, sin, and our struggles in this broken world. It is the power that renews our minds and aligns our hearts with God. It is the power that transforms our mindset, our attitudes, and our behaviors.
We read the Bible, because it is our light in this dark, broken world. It directs our way to God and His ways when everything around us is chaotic and bleak. God’s Word makes our path clear and will accurately guide each of our choices and decisions. The sure way to find God in the messiness of life is to open up His Word.
We were created by God, for Him. But in order for us to know Him, we must know His Word. Knowing God intimately is worth the investment in time, energy, and sacrifice it takes to read and study His Word.
God’s Word will never fail us, because God never fails us.
God’s Word will endure, because God endures.
How can we pray for you as you seek God’s guidance and wisdom in His Word?
Peace and grace to you,
Terria serves on the LGG encourager and social media teams. She lives in Virginia with her husband. She is a proud mother of two beautiful girls in college. Her passion is igniting and empowering women to grab hold of God’s truth and cling to it. She can be found hard at work in military hospitals listening to patients’ stories, while sharing the love that God has poured out in her life. Despite the sometimes chaotic circumstances of Terria’s life, God always shows Himself strong and loving.
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