There are many reasons as to why we should read God’s Word, but, first, I want to start off by answering a few questions.
What exactly is God’s Word?
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” John 1:1
The real question is not “What is God’s Word?”, but “Who is God’s Word?” God’s Word is God. It’s as simple as that. While many of us may already know this, fully grasping the meaning of this gives the Bible a whole new meaning. It gives it life. It’s no longer just a book full of other books, chapters, and words. It’s no longer just a book full of short stories, parables, wisdom, or poetry. It’s no longer an ordinary book from the shelf written by a few men, but it’s an extraordinary book spoken into existence by the breath of the Creator (2 Timothy 3:16).
Fully grasping that shifts the act of reading the Bible being a chore to something we do because we want to know our Creator. The Bible is no longer just a book we read, but a person we can connect with. When we read God’s Word, He gives us a piece of Him. Just like when we speak, people get to know us, we get to know His heart, mind, and spirit. His Word gives us access to Him.
And on a side note:
It’s so beautiful that God chose to use ordinary men to be a part of something extraordinary, and that He still continues to use us as a vessel for His voice to be heard. It’s His breath in us and His essence in all that we do and say in His name. Isn’t that so humbling?
Who is God?
“In the beginning, God created…” Genesis 1:1
God is the Creator, our Creator. He has always been and always will be. He has no origin because He is the origin (Colossians 1:16-17). In the same manner, His Word has always been and always will be. It’s eternal, without end or beginning, because it’s the essence of God. It is God. One might say, “Well, the Bible only has a certain amount of books, it’s only so long. It has a beginning and an end.” Physically, it does, but the Bible isn’t just a physical book. Like God, it surpasses the physical realm and dwells in the spiritual realm, and spiritually it has no end. We can read a passage one day and get something out of it. Read the same passage a few days later, not even days, minutes later, and God will reveal to us something else. God’s Word will never cease to speak to our hearts and souls. It’s an endless fountain of words that bring life to life because it is life. He is life. He is the beginning and the end.
“I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13
With that said, here are 5 reasons as to why we should connect to God’s Word, to Him, on a daily basis.
1. It’s through the written Word that we can resist the attacks of Satan and Satan himself.
The truth is that “Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). God’s Word is our weapon. It’s what God has given us to fight this spiritual battle (Hebrews 6:17) because this battle is “not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Hebrews 6:12). When Satan went to attack Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus responded to each attack with the phrase “It is written..” and He spoke the Word of truth over the lies of Satan (Matthew 4). Because God’s truth, His Word, pierces with light through the lies that Satan tries to darken our minds with. Satan knows the Word probably better than we do. He was one of God’s angels once (Isaiah 14:12-15). In fact, He was one of the most important angels. He knows how to switch up just a few words so that it sounds truthful enough to be the truth (Genesis 3:1-4), but if you know the real truth no lie can get pass you. Light shines brighter in the midst of darkness. If God’s Word is in our hearts, when the lies come, the truth will shine brighter in midst of all that darkness trying to creep in.
2. It’s through the Word that our minds are transformed.
God uses His Word to convict us about the matters in our hearts that aren’t right and of the things that we do that don’t please Him.
“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 marrows; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Without reading His Word we will continue to stay ignorant in the ignorance of our sins. Our minds can’t be transformed without conviction of ourselves and of the things we do that we have deemed as not a big enough sin to bring us down spiritually, but like the saying goes “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). All it takes is a little bit of sin to darken our hearts. His word pierces through our hearts and souls bringing to light all the dark areas and gives us the knowledge our minds need to alter our behavior and to continue on or start walking in the truth and light of His Word.
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your Word. Order my steps in Your Word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:9, 133
If we speak His Word into our lives and declare it over our life each and every day. It’ll transform us inside and out with each passing day. It’ll become a part of us, of who we are.
3. It’s through the Word that God guides us.
God left us His Word as a guide in this life. His Word is as much as a physical guide through life as it is a spiritual one. His Word always has both a physical and spiritual application for our lives. There is no problem that can’t be solved with God’s Word. There is no answer that can’t be found in God’s Word. All we have to do is seek Him with all our hearts, silence our hearts, and we’ll find all our heart, mind, and soul needs in Him, in His Heart (Jeremiah 29:13). His Word is our light when our worlds get dark.
“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalms 119:105
4. It’s through His Word in us that we will shine and the world will know we are His.
What we put in comes out. Plant an apple tree seed, an apple tree will grow. Our hearts are just the same. If we plant hatred in it, hatred will come out. If we plant love in it, love will come out. By reading God’s Word, we are planting its seed in our hearts, and as we continue to nurture it by spending time with the Source it will sprout from our hearts into everything we do; and everything we do, small and big, will point back to Him and the world will know we are His because His light shines through us. Because He shines in us, we shine over the world. It’s a beautiful thing to behold, creation pointing back to the Creator through its creation.
“…Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the Word of life.” Philippians 2:15b-16a
5. It’s through His Word that He directly speaks to us, and He wants to directly speak to you.
This is something that God has heavily been speaking into my heart. It’s so easy to replace God’s Word with Christian blogs, Christian books, Christian podcasts, Christian friends, and other Christian resources. All these things are good, don’t get me wrong. But those things or people should never replace God’s Word in our life. God wants to directly speak to us. For example, if you’re in a relationship with someone you wouldn’t want to communicate with that person through their best friend all the time. Occasionally it’s okay because it’s sometimes hard to get a hold of a person. But there are some things that regardless of how long it’ll take you to reach that person you’ll wait because it needs to be said directly to the other person. My point is there are some things that God wants to speak directly to us, and He can only that through His Word. He wants a direct relationship with us. Tune in and Listen. There’s nothing like listening to the Father’s voice as He whispers into our hearts.
“Faith (the beginning of our relationship with God) comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
Like any relationship, a relationship with God takes not only time but intentional effort. In a world full of so much distraction and time-consuming things, it’s hard to pull away from it all and make time for the things that really matter. I get it. I find myself wasting time away all the time. And the problem is that a lot of us use our time unintentionally. Living the Christian life requires us to live with intention and purpose. Apart from God, our intention and purpose for doing things will get jumbled up with the intention and purpose of the world. So connect to the Creator. Connect to the One who created you and in whom you’ll find your purpose –His intention for creating you– and the strength and tools to live out that purpose. Most importantly though, connect to the Creator because He’s already connected to you. He knows your heart and thoughts and what makes you you. Don’t you want to know Him too?