Thursday, January 1, 2009

Why Read the Bible?

I didn't put on my reading list the other day that I was also going to read the Bible this year. I assumed that was without question, but why would it be? After all, often times in the past I have began to read the Bible only to not finish and then start back up the next year. Of course, I'm not alone in this, I hear of this happening all the time. Last year I even decided not to read through the Bible in a year because I wanted to focus on reading and meditating on specific passages. They may have worked for some, but it didn't for me. I read less than any other year I think (though I really don't know). This year I'm using a Bible reading plan that several others are using. That made me ask this question, "Why read the Bible through in a year?"

There are probably several answers I could give such as: to become like Christ, to grow in holiness, to honor God, to show my absolute dependence upon Him for everything, to know more of God, to be a better husband, father, pastor, man, Christian, and the list goes on. However, my main reason is because the Bible is God's revelation of Himself to man. If we want to know God, we must know Him through the avenue that He has given us. We must read the Bible because in the Bible we see God!
From a pastoral standpoint, one of the things I've noticed most in the few churches I've served in is that most people do not even have the basic, overall view of the Bible. They know many things that have been told them (which we all do), but often times have never read the deeps trues that are found in the Scriptures (particularly the Old Testament). So with that being said, we need to capture a good overview of the Bible by reading through it each year (or more) so that we will better know God and be able to better worship Him in Spirit and truth. I plead with you my readers, read the Word of God this year!


BoldLion said...

Great point! I too struggle with a Daily Bible Reading Plan year after year. I prefer to eat and study His Word instead of reading through because I am a digger when I read something that stand out.

I started it this morning and did have trouble reading through for Day 1. Only with God's Help, I can do this and do it. We just have to discipline ourselves to do it. Please pray for me to be able to hang in there and be able to read it through every day of this year!

I am using The One Year Bible in ESV by Crossway. ISBN 1-58134-424-4in Hardback with jacket on it. I got that at the end of 2007 and stop using it early last year of 2008. I don't know if they are still in printed or not.

Hungry to eat His Word,
'Guerite ~ BoldLion

Cliff4JC said...

I still remember the first time I read all the way through. It was awesome! The word came alive like never before! Random stories I knew began to fall into place for the first time. I began to get a sense of the "big picture" that God was painting. Honestly, evertime I've read it through since has not been as exciting as the first. I echo your call to read it through! I use the plan that 92fm radio gives out in charlotte! LOL I like it because it comes with bookmarks for the month! LOL

Wil Owens said...

No greater goal or use of your time! None other can have such an eternal impact as does getting to know and love God through His Word!