2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth”
The Bible is unlike any other book. It was given by God’s inspiration and is His revelation to man. On its pages we find everything we need to know to receive salvation and to live for the Lord. The apostle Paul declared that it “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). However, some people devote more time to learning about the Bible than in discovering its message. Two men spent months compiling an impressive array of statistics about the Scriptures. They counted the number of chapters, verses, words, and even letters. These facts may be interesting, and many hours of labor may go into gathering them, but how do they build us up spiritually?
And then we have other authors such as Loren D. Esthleman who said, “Lay chosen faith aside and read this beautifully written book.” Madeleine L’ Engle Franklin added, “It is the foundation stone of the English language.” Moreover, John Jakes urged people to read the Bible “for the magic, and the possibilities, of its English.” Although these writers had some high praise for God’s Word, their endorsement isn’t the reason we should read it.
My friend, the Bible merits our attention because it is the TRUTH of God, inspired and preserved for us. The God who created you and I has given us His Book, and we need to make it our book. By reading it, poring over it, meditating on it, and putting it into practice, we begin to know God Himself, and in the process, we fulfill for ourselves the psalmist’s quest, “I have sought Your precepts … I have seen the consummation of all perfection.” We must not get sidetracked by interesting statistics, unusual facts or for the magic, and the possibilities, of its English. Instead, let’s prayerfully study the content of the Bible to discover what God is saying to us about Himself and His plan for our lives, and in doing so will make our Bible knowledge most profitable.
As believers in Christ, the indwelling Holy Spirit gives each of us understanding of the “deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Thus, when we open our Bible ask the Author to open our heart and with the help and leading of the Holy Spirit, we can apprehend the truths found in God’s precious Word and appreciate their beauty and significance for our life. We can see wonderful things in Scripture that are completely unnoticed by those who are spiritually blind such as His greatness, glory, and goodness. As we faithfully read and study the Bible, and as we listen to trustworthy Bible teachers, and above all, as we rely on the Holy Spirit, be thankful that we can understand God’s message, unlike those individuals listed above. We should pray as the psalmist; “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law” (Psalm 119:118). Scriptural insight is available only to those with spiritual eyesight. In the Bible, God talks to us and about us. Persistent, prayerful study produces great personal rewards. So, take time to search the Word, and you’ll discover the treasures of God’s wisdom.
Many books can inform, but only the Bible can transform; so let God’s Word fill your mind, rule your heart, and guide your tongue.