I am convinced the biggest problem in the community of believers is believers are not spending enough time reading the bible. That is evident by the lack of boldness among most believers who do not take a stand for the Word of God. Many would much rather have someone else tell them what the bible says instead of knowing what the bible says for themselves.
Perhaps the biggest reason for believers not reading the bible enough is they have not grasp what the bible really is. The bible is basically a word spoken by God directly to you. Every time you read the bible, it is actually you taking the time to hear God speaking directly to you.
We need to grasp the significance of the statements above. It is the same God who created heaven and earth speaking directly to you when you read the bible. It is the same god who has all power in His hand speaking directly to you. It is the same God who has the final say on which day you will die speaking directly to you. It is the same God who with Him, nothing is impossible speaking directly to you.
It is the same God who through His grace, has the authority to put on you his righteousness which is the prerequisite you need to have eternal life. It is the same God who sent his only begotten Son to die for the sins of the world so that whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life, speaking directly to you.
God wants us to know all there is to know about Him, which can only be found in the bible. God also wants us to know all there is to know about who we really are in Christ, which again, can only be found in the bible.
We are God’s workmanship. In other words, God is always working on us to bring us more in line to the image of Christ. But we limit God’s ability to work on us when we don’t read the bible like we should. God has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings but we miss so many of them because we don’t take the time to read the bible. We incur so many unnecessary problems, heartaches and disappointments because we do not read the bible enough.
Everything we need to know in order to have a prosperous and successful life is in the bible. Everything we need to know in order to raise our children properly is in the bible. Everything we need to know about how to have a successful marriage and other relationships is in the bible. In fact, everything we need to know about everything is in the bible.
We go through our daily lives doing certain routine things everyday. But the worst thing, the most ignorant and stupidest thing we can do everyday is to not spend time, everyday, reading the bible.
God said if you meditate on my word day and night I will give you the desires of your heart. That tells me we should all be reading the bible, at a minimum, twice a day. We watch television at least twice a day. We use our cell phones numerous times per day. We eat at least twice a day. We even brush our teeth at least twice a day. We at least, owe it to the one whose breath is in our body, to spend at least twice a day, hearing Him talking directly to us!
Gilbert Owens is a guest columnist with The Sampson Independent.